First Aid Injuries

Recordkeeping Requirements

What is a First Aid for the purpose of OSHA's Recordkeeping Regulation?

  • Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription strength (for medications available in both prescription and non-prescription form, a recommendation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to use a non-prescription medication at prescription strength is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)


  • Administering tetanus immunizations (other immunizations, such as Hepatitis B vaccine or rabies vaccine, are considered medical treatment)


  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin Using wound coverings such as bandages, Band-AidsTM, gauze pads, etc.; or using butterfly bandages or Steri-StripsTM (other wound closing devices such as sutures, staples, etc., are considered medical treatment)


  • Using hot or cold therapy Using any non-rigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc. (devices with rigid stays or other systems designed to immobilize parts of the body are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)


  • Using temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim (e.g., splints, slings, neck collars, back boards, etc.)


  • Drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from a blister


  • Using eye patches Removing foreign bodies from the eye using only irrigation or a cotton swab Removing splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means


  • Using finger guards Using massages (physical therapy or chiropractic treatment are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)


  • Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress