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Q28 - Injures Tooth on Hard Candy

Question:  An employer provides candy to their employees on Halloween. One employee cracks a tooth on a piece of hard candy while on the job. Is it recordable?

Answer: NO. Injuries resulting from eating food on the job are not considered work related by OSHA. 1904.5(b)(2) Are there situations where an injury or illness occurs in the work environment and is not considered work-related? Yes, an injury or illness occurring in the work environment that falls under one of the following exceptions is not work-related, and therefore is not recordable. You are not required to record injuries and illnesses if ... (iv) The injury or illness 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)...


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