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Q174 - Safety Celebration


During a company-sponsored luncheon to celebrate excellent safety performance, 17 employees suffered from food poisoning and were admitted to the hospital for treatment. Is it recordable?


YES. OSHA guidance states injuries caused by food provided by the employee at a business meeting or company function are considered work-related.

Letter of Interpretation: 1904.5(b)(2)(iv) states that an injury or illness which is solely the result of an employee eating, drinking, or preparing food or drink for personal consumption (whether bought on the employer's premises or brought in) is not considered work-related. It further states this exception does not apply if the food is supplied by the company and the employee contracts food poisoning.

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