Hand Sanitizer Burn (Static)
A company’s COVID-19 contingency plan requires employees to clean their hands on a stringent basis. Antibacterial soap is made readily available as well as hand sanitizer. An employee is late returning from break and uses some hand sanitizer in a rush back to his workstation. The employee fails to rub the hand sanitizer all the way in and as he begins work at a metal desk, a static spark is generated. The alcohol from the hand sanitizer catches fire and burns the employee’s hand. The incident results in a second degree burn that requires prescribed antibiotic ointment and bandaging from a doctor. Is it recordable?
YES. The company’s COVID-19 contingency plan requires employees the clean their hands on a stringent basis and hand sanitizer is provided. The incident occurred performing regular job duties at work. The injury required prescribed antibiotic ointment from a doctor, which is treatment beyond first aid.
Basic requirement. You must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness. Work-relatedness is presumed for injuries and illnesses resulting from events or exposures occurring in the work environment, unless an exception in §1904.5(b)(2) specifically applies
Medical treatment beyond first aid. See § 1904.7(b)(5).
What is the definition of medical treatment? "Medical treatment" means the management and care of a patient to combat disease or disorder. For the purposes of Part 1904, medical treatment does not include:
What is "first aid"? For the purposes of Part 1904, \"first aid\" means the following:
Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription strength (for medications available in both prescription and non-prescription form, a recommendation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to use a non-prescription medication at prescription strength is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)