OSHA Compliance: Laying the Groundwork for Patient-Focused Care

Posted by Richard Best on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Patient-focused care has become a major strategic goal for many healthcare organizations, including smaller practices. But to be able to provide this type of care, the staff of a practice—from the doctors and nurses to administrative staff—must drive the effort. They are the lynchpin for patient-focused success.

One main strategy to get staff on board is to make sure they are happy and safe during their workday. Staff satisfaction can be directly tied to patient satisfaction, so it’s important to make sure employees feel they have a caring and safe work environment by complying with OSHA regulations.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Compliance Program

OSHA Compliance: What Are 5 “Can’t-Miss” Areas for Color Coding and Biohazard Labeling?

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 01:11 PM

Three signals can alert you to the presence of a biohazard or biohazardous waste:

  • The word “biohazard”
  • The biohazard symbol, or
  • The fluorescent orange or orange-red color-coding

Source: CFR 1910.1030(g)(1)(i)(C)

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Biohazard Waste, OSHA Compliance Program, biohazard labels

True or False? I Will Get 100% on This Sharps Disposal Quiz.

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Answer “TRUE” or “FALSE” to the following statements. These statements are regarding workers at facilities who are exposed to occupational hazards that may lead to the transmission of bloodborne pathogens (BBP) when using needles, syringes or other sharps.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Stericycle, Sharps Container, Sharps Container Disposal

Five Strategies for Managing Compliance through Technology

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Medical practices are facing limited resources, decreased margins and growing patient populations in the current healthcare environment. These factors are greatly impacting workflows of already strapped practice staff, causing essential tasks to take a backburner, such as compliance efforts.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Compliance, HIPAA Compliance

New Year Rings in New OSHA Regulations – Part 2

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Exempt or Partially Exempt?

There are 2 classes of employers that are exempt from the federal OSHA requirement to keep any of the recordkeeping forms mentioned in Part 1 of New Year Rings in New OSHA Regulations:

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Topics: OSHA Compliance

New Year Rings in New OSHA Regulations – Part 1

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 09:29 AM

Here’s a bit of news you should know: Federal OSHA just changed the rules. Before, it required the work-related hospitalization of three or more injuries to be reported to OSHA. Now, a single workplace injury resulting in an in-patient hospitalization, an amputation, or the loss of an eye requires reporting to OSHA within 24 hours by calling 800-321-6742 or by calling the closest OSHA Area Office. As always, any work-related fatality requires reporting within 8-hours. The updated rule went into effect on January 1, 2015. 

Federal OSHA discusses the reporting change above, as well as changes to its 1904 Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements page that is accessible at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/

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Topics: OSHA Compliance

OSHA Compliance Means a New Take on the Workplace Wardrobe

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Every worker has the right to a safe and healthful work environment including access to the proper equipment necessary to keep them safe. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital in minimizing exposure to possible injuries or illnesses.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Safety Training, OSHA Compliance Program, OSHA Medical, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), OSHA Dental, ppe

OSHA Compliance: Keep These Records Not 10, Not 20 – But 30 Years!

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Mon, Oct 06, 2014 @ 01:51 PM

A lesser known compliance responsibility for employers is the maintenance of confidential records for 30 years after an employee terminates employment. Here are four record types that fall into this requirement from OSHA (1910.1020 e). The purpose of this requirement is to yield both direct and indirect improvements in the detection, treatment, and prevention of occupational disease. 

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Medical

6 Things You Might Not Know About PPE

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

When it comes to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), images of gloves, masks, gowns, and goggles may come to mind. The truth is, before PPE finds its way into the medical, dental, healthcare, funeral, veterinary, long-term care, or tattoo facility, there are critical factors that affect why PPE is selected. 

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Training, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Midwest ASC Features Stericycle Speaker About OSHA Compliance

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

Richard Best, Corporate Director of OSHA Compliance for Stericycle, was a featured speaker at the Midwest ASC Conference, hosted by the Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center Association on September 4, 2014, in Branson, Missouri.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Compliance Program

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