Petting a Bee

Petting a Bee

Question: Employees working outside during a lunch break dare another employee to pet a bumble bee. The employee is stung by the bee and begins having an allergic reaction. The onsite nurse administers an EpiPen. Is it recordable?

Answer: YES. The injury is work-related and resulted in medical treatment beyond first aid. EpiPen usage is considered medical treatment beyond first aid because it is not included on the first aid list provided by OSHA.

See: OSHA's First Aid List

1904.7(a): Basic requirement. You must consider an injury or illness to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness. You must also consider a case to meet the general recording criteria if it involves a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.