Update: Kinesiology Tape for Medical Treatment, for OSHA Recordkeeping Purposes
OSHA’s December 12, 2014 letter of interpretation on KT tape has been withdrawn.
With the withdrawal of the letter of interpretation, the use of KT will NOT be a recordable incident with OSHA.
Most of you have probably seen kinesiology tape, also known as KT Tape. Those bright-colored tape/bandage things you see worn by runners, cyclists, athletes, triathletes, folks at the gym, etc.
In a December 12 letter of interpretation, the agency announced that kinesiology tape “is considered medical treatment for OSHA recordkeeping purposes."
“We consulted with physicians in OSHA's Office of Occupational Medicine and they inform us that kinesiology taping is designed to relieve pain through physical and neurological mechanisms. The lifting action of the tape purportedly relieves pressure on pain receptors directly under the skin, allowing for relief from acute injuries.”