OSHA Recordable vs. Reportable



What is a recordable injury? An incident is recordable if it goes beyond first aid treatment and/or the employee is put on restricted duty and/or loses time at work. There are a few exceptions though and the specifics on a case by case basis can be found by clicking here.

Where do I record these injuries? Through your Keystone Risk Essentials Safety Subscription you have access to oshalogs.com, this website makes osha compliance easy!

Am I required to keep OSHA Logs? We recommend that all industries keep track of their injuries and illnesses, but for certain companies this is a legal requirement. You are legally required to keep OSHA logs if the following two bullet points are true:

  • Your company employed more than 10 people at any point throughout the year
    • An example of this would be if a landscaping company has 2 full time employees and in the summer hires 9 part time employees. 2+9=11 so this company would be required to keep an osha log.
  • You are not in an exempt industry
    • Self Employed
    • State and Local Government
      • Including Boroughs and Municipalities
      • Some Water Authorities
      • Schools


What is a reportable injury? An incident is reportable if it meets any of the following criteria:

  • Fatality
  • Hospitalization
  • Amputation
  • Loss of an Eye

How long do I have to report these injuries? This answer and many other answers can be found on our OSHA Reporting Guidelines Poster, which you can access by clicking here. We reccomend that you post this at your desk and consult it whenever an accident is reported. OSHA has finded many companies for late reporting these incidents. Any further questions, Please call the safety hotline!