San Francisco, CA

#1 Oct 9, 2012
An employee is hospitalized and the doctor suspects it is for exposure to black mold. Worker states it may be from her worksite. Do you report the incident to OSHA even though it was not determined the worksite is the cause?

Salem, OR

#2 Oct 10, 2012
Cal?OSHA's reperting requirements say, "Serious Injury or Illness

Any injury or illness to one or more employees, occurring in a place of employment or in connection with any employment, which requires inpatient hospitalization for a period in excess of twenty- four (24) hours for other than medical observation, or in which an employee suffers the loss of any member of the body, or suffers any serious degree of physical disfigurement shall be reported to the Division. See 8 CCR Section 342(a).

EXCEPTION: Serious injury or illness does not include any injury or illness caused by (1) commission of a Penal Code violation except the violation of Penal Code Section 385 (contact with high voltage lines), or (2) a motor vehicle accident on a public street or highway. See Labor Code Section 6302(h)."

If the employee was hospitalized for mroe than 24 hours, and they did any treatment (not just observation), then you really should report it. The fines for not reporting when you should have can be bad.

Since: May 13

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#3 Jun 28, 2013
I agree with Robofudd, he has mentioned some really good points.

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