OSHA Interpretation Leaves Employers Light-Headed

A recently-issued interpretation clarifies that OSHA considers fainting to be a recordable event, even if the fainting is caused by the sight of one’s own blood. The interpretation discusses an incident in which an employee scratched his finger on a vinyl saw clamp, then fainted at the sight of a small amount of blood before he could apply a Band-Aid. OSHA clarified that because the scratch–and therefore the blood exposure–happened at work, the event was recordable. Read the full interpretation here.