An employer offers a financial reward of $200 to take a voluntary covid vaccine. An employee loses consciousness before the needle enters his arm. Is it recordable?
YES. Even though the vaccine was voluntary, the reaction caused by the vaccine is work-related because it is necessary to enable the employee to perform his work duties. Loss of consciousness is considered a severe injury and should be recorded.
1904.5(a): 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