According to a memorandum dated April 10, 2020, published by OSHA, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if: 

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 
  2. The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFR §1904.5; and 
  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR §1904.7  

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and the extent of transmission is a rapidly evolving issue.

This memorandum provides interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904 with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  

To read this memorandum in its entirety, please visit OSHA Enforcement Guidance Recording Cases.

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