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Q26 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Question: 

An employee becomes ill at work and is taken to a clinic for evaluation. The employee is confirmed infected with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is provided medical treatment and quarantined in the hospital. It is believed they contracted the virus outside of the work environment. Is it recordable?

 

Two weeks later, 1 other employee who worked in close proximity with the now-quarantined employee also tested positive for COVID-19 and is voluntarily quarantined at home but does not receive medical treatment or a recommendation for time off work. It is believed they contracted the virus at work from their coworker. Is it recordable?  

A third employee is tested positive with COVID-19 and is believed to have contracted the virus on the job. They receive medical treatment beyond first aid and a recommendation of time away from work from a healthcare professional. Is it recordable?

Answer:

NO, NO and YES. The first employee did not contract the virus in the work environment and therefore it is not recordable. The second employee did contract the virus in the work environment but did not receive medical treatment and therefore it is not recordable. The third employee contracted the virus from work and did receive medical treatment and time off work and therefore is recordable.

 

OSHA Safety and Health Topics/COVID 19

OSHA Safety and Health Topics/COVID 19: COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);

  2. The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and

  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).

Additional COVID-19 Resources:

Sample Language for COVID Communication

The Sky (PROBABLY) Isn't Falling

CDC Pandemic Flu Checklist

CDC Self-Monitoring Guidance