Hey Compliance Warriors!
When is a confirmed COVID-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.