b'Garys CornerupdateDO I NEED TO RECORD AN EMPLOYEES CASE OF COVID-ON MY OSHA LOG?19Gary Auman, MRCA Legal CounselL et us begin with an update on theThe first step simply requires that you determine COVID-19 Pandemic. This firstwhether your employee has tested positive for COVID-19. section applies to all employersIf the answer is no, you wont record the illness on withelevenormoreemployees.your 300 log.An employee report of symptoms, without OSHA has stated that COVID-19 is aa confirmed positive test, is not sufficient to make an recordable illness and must be recordedillness recordable. But, now that COVID-19 tests are on an employers 300 log, if the following three criteriaeasier to come by in most locations, we should expect are met:to see more employees with confirmed positive cases. 1. The employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19,Assuming your employee has tested positive for as defined by the CDC (meaning that the employeeCOVID-19, you must move on to the second step, and has had at least one respiratory specimen that testeddetermine whether the illness is work-related.This can positive for SARS-CoV-2). be tricky, depending on whether there are other cases 2. The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFRof COVID-19 in your workforce, and whether there is 1904.5; and community spread of the virus in your area.3. The illness results in death, days away from work,To comply with the recordkeeping requirements of restricted work or transfer to another job, medical29 CFR 1904, employers must make a reasonable treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness, ordetermination as to whether an employees COVID-19 the illness is a significant injury or illness diagnosed bycase is work related. To make a reasonable determination, a physician or other licensed health care professional. you must first ask your employee how he believes he contracted the illness.Your employees answer is likely to fall into one of three categories: (1) your employee 14 www.mrca.orgMidwest Roofer'