OSHA Says that Fainting at the Sight of Blood is Recordable

Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an interpretation letter indicating that fainting may be a recordable event even if the loss of consciousness was due to a non-recordable injury.

In the circumstance leading to the interpretation letter, an employee scratched his finger while at work. While a co-worker applied a band aid to the scratch, the “injured” employee saw his own blood and fainted. The employee explained that he cannot stand the sight of his own blood. He did not require any treatment beyond the band aid no other injury occurred beyond the scratched finger. Continue reading “OSHA Says that Fainting at the Sight of Blood is Recordable”

EEOC Issues Another NPR Regarding Employee Wellness Programs

Recently, the EEOC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to amend Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) regarding employee wellness programs that are part of group health plans. (Title II of GINA generally protects job applicants, employees and others from employment discrimination based on their genetic information. It also restricts employers from obtaining and using genetic information in making decisions about employment, including information about an employee’s spouse.)  An exception to the limitations on an employer’s use of genetic information applies when an employee voluntarily accepts health services offered by an employer, including services as part of a wellness program. Continue reading “EEOC Issues Another NPR Regarding Employee Wellness Programs”