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When is an Employer Required to Record a Confirmed COVID-19 Case?

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When is a confirmed -19 case in your workplace recordable under OSHA regs? Read on…


As we previously discussed here, employers subject to OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements must record COVID-19 cases if the case: (i) is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC; (ii) is work-related, as defined by OSHA regulations; and (iii) involves one or more of OSHA’s general recording criteria.

Per the CDC, a “confirmed case” is one that meets the “confirmatory laboratory evidence” standard. That standard requires the “[d]etection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 ribonucleic acid (SARS-CoV-2 RNA) in a clinical or autopsy specimen using a molecular amplification test.” Blood draw and rapid antigen tests are not “molecular amplification” tests and, therefore, are not recordable under OSHA’s current guidance.

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Lisa Smith is CEO of Andere Corporation and Chief Content Developer at HelpDeskSuites.com. Follow her on Twitter, connect with her on LinkedIn, listen to her Small Business Spoonfuls Podcast, and find more in her Compliance Warriors Facebook Group.

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