[Title 29 CFR 1904.8]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - July 1, 2002 Edition]
[Title 29 - LABOR]
[Subtitle B - Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued)]
[Chapter Xvii - OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT]
[Part 1904 - Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses]
[Subpart C - Recordkeeping Forms and Recording Criteria]
[Sec. 1904.8 - Recording criteria for needlestick and sharps injuries.]
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29LABOR52002-07-012002-07-01falseRecording criteria for needlestick and sharps injuries.1904.8Sec. 1904.8LABORRegulations Relating to Labor (Continued)OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENTRecording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and IllnessesRecordkeeping Forms and Recording Criteria
Sec. 1904.8  Recording criteria for needlestick and sharps injuries.

    (a) Basic requirement. You must record all work-related needlestick 
injuries and cuts from sharp objects that are contaminated with another 
person's blood or other potentially infectious material (as defined by 
29 CFR 1910.1030). You must enter the case on the OSHA 300 Log as an 
injury. To protect the employee's privacy, you may not enter the 
employee's name on the OSHA 300 Log (see the requirements for privacy 
cases in paragraphs 1904.29(b)(6) through 1904.29(b)(9)).
    (b) Implementation. (1) What does ``other potentially infectious 
material'' mean? The term ``other potentially infectious materials'' is 
defined in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard at Sec. 1910.1030(b). 
These materials include:
    (i) Human bodily fluids, tissues and organs, and
    (ii) Other materials infected with the HIV or hepatitis B (HBV) 
virus such as laboratory cultures or tissues from experimental animals.
    (2) Does this mean that I must record all cuts, lacerations, 
punctures, and scratches? No, you need to record cuts, lacerations, 
punctures, and scratches only if they are work-related and involve 
contamination with another person's blood or other potentially 
infectious material. If the cut, laceration, or scratch involves a clean 
object, or a contaminant other than blood or other potentially 
infectious material, you need to record the case only if it meets one or 
more of the recording criteria in Sec. 1904.7.
    (3) If I record an injury and the employee is later diagnosed with 
an infectious bloodborne disease, do I need to update the OSHA 300 Log? 
Yes, you must update the classification of the case on the OSHA 300 Log 
if the case results in death, days away from work, restricted work, or 
job transfer. You must also update the description to identify the 
infectious disease and change the classification of the case from an 
injury to an illness.

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    (4) What if one of my employees is splashed or exposed to blood or 
other potentially infectious material without being cut or scratched? Do 
I need to record this incident? You need to record such an incident on 
the OSHA 300 Log as an illness if:
    (i) It results in the diagnosis of a bloodborne illness, such as 
HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C; or
    (ii) It meets one or more of the recording criteria in Sec. 1904.7.