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Sharp Rebar

Sharp Rebar

Question: An employee is walking through a construction site and catches his forehead just under his hard hat on a protruding piece of rebar. He begins bleeding profusely. He uses gauze from the first aid kit to put pressure on the laceration and the bleeding eventually stops. He applies a Band-Aid and some antibiotic ointment and returns to work. Is it recordable?

Answer: NO. The employee did not receive medical treatment beyond first aid. Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment are not considered medical treatment beyond first aid by OSHA.

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:

"First aid" as defined in paragraph (b)(5)(ii) of this section.

Go to for OSHA's first aid list.

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