Q103 - Less than 10 Employees


A company with a total of 5 employees has one employee who is stung by a bee while eating his lunch outside and loses consciousness. He wakes up and takes over-the-counter Benadryl. Is it recordable?


NO. The company is considered partially exempt because it has 10 or fewer employees and does not have to maintain an OSHA log for recordable incidents. 

OSHA Small Business Handbook: Small businesses with 10 or fewer employees throughout the year are exempt from most of the requirements of the OSHA recordkeeping rules, as are a number of specific industries in the retail, service, finance, insurance and real estate sectors that are classified as low-hazard. Detailed information about OSHA recordkeeping rules can be found at http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html or refer to 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1904 for the specific exceptions.