Top 8 Exposure Control Requirements That OSHA Expects

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Apr 09, 2014 @ 06:37 AM

For many, the first image that comes to mind when the words "EXPOSURE CONTROL" are brought up in healthcare is a needlestick injury. Healthcare safety experts report that annually hundreds of thousands of needlestick injuries take place.

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (1910.1030) aims to reduce needlestick injuries among other exposures to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Here are the top 8 Exposure Control requirements if you have employees who are exposed or have the potential to be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials:

  1.  Written Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan (ECP)

    • Steri•Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions customers can use the Steri•Safe Safety Plan Builder at MyStericycle.com to create the written Exposure Control Plan.
  2. Documented review and update of the ECP 

    Be sure to not only review and update your ECP annually, but also to document the fact that you have done so in writing. Include updates as you make changes to your operation (eg, staff changes or other changes that affect the Plan’s contents).
     
    • Steri•Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions customers can use the Steri•Safe Safety Plan Builder at MyStericycle.com to create the written Exposure Control Plan.
  3. Documented  consideration and implementation of safer medical devices at the site level

    • Steri•Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions customers can use the evaluation forms from Steri-Safe’s Safety Plan Builder at MyStericycle.com to document the fact that you have considered and implemented safer medical devices annually
  4. Documented solicitation of non-managerial input. 

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Bloodborne Pathogens, Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control, Exposure Control Requirements, Exposure Control Plans

14 Disturbing Statistics About Bloodborne Pathogens

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 08:48 AM

It’s well known that unsafe injection practices and sharps injuries can lead to the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). But these 14 stats may surprise you.

1.  Since 2001, US outbreaks from unsafe injection practices when administering medical products have GROWN substantially according to the CDC.

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Topics: Stericycle, Sharps Disposal, Bloodborne Pathogens, Bloodborne Pathogens Training, Needlesticks

Would Your Healthcare Facility Fail an OSHA Inspection? (Part II)

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:34 AM

Recent OSHA Violations in Healthcare Focus on Specific Areas of OSHA Investigation (II)

In Part I of OSHA Violations in Healthcare, we focused on 2 specific areas of OSHA investigations:

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance Program, OSHA Medical, Bloodborne Pathogens, Workplace Violence Articles, OSHA fines, OSHA Inspection

Would Your Healthcare Facility Fail an OSHA Inspection? (Part I)

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

Recent OSHA Violations in Healthcare Focus on Specific Areas of Investigation (I)

Think OSHA would never inspect your healthcare facility? Think twice. In April 2012, OSHA announced it would be targeting nursing homes and residential care facilities for the next 3 years. Other healthcare facilities are not immune. In the past year, OSHA has inspected medical and dental practices and surgical centers.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance Program, OSHA Medical, Bloodborne Pathogens, Regulatory Compliance, OSHA fines, OSHA Inspection

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