19 OSHA & Regulatory Action Items for 2015

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

Ensure that your facility complies with OSHA deadlines and regulations.

These 19 action items for annual OSHA (or other regulatory agency) requirements affect most healthcare facilities, including medical practices, dental offices, and community providers.

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Topics: OSHA Training, OSHA Medical, OSHA Dental

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

Hospitals Top List for Workplace Injuries

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

Most people don’t think of hospitals as an environment for high employee injuries. But in fact, more workers are injured at hospitals than in coal mines, law enforcement, or at industrial jobs. Because the health care industry is so closely related to wellness, people overlook all of the obstacles hospital employees face to avoid injury; including needle sticks, bloodborne pathogens, and equipment mishaps.

The Gillette News Record recently posted an article about the high rate of hospital injury as compared to other industries. The article stated:

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Topics: OSHA Training, OSHA Medical, OSHA Hospital

A Top OSHA Compliance Health Violation

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 @ 12:58 PM

Stressed at work? Deep breathing could be the answer—unless, of course, you’re exposed to a dangerous chemical in the air. Is breathing risky in your work environment?

Formaldehyde is a danger that many Stericycle customers face.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Stericycle, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance Program, OSHA Medical, Safety Training Ideas, OSHA fines, OSHA Inspection

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

Office Managers: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Revised

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

 

OSHA requires training for all your employees by December 1, 2013. The requirement affects all your employees with potential exposure to hazardous chemicals and has to do with recent changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).

OSHA's training requirement is just the first step toward ensuring that employees not only know about hazardous chemicals but can also understand the information related to hazardous chemicals. OSHA has adopted the Globally Harmonized System to meet this objective .

Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Part of the best practice for the HCS includes “The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, Revision 3.” Although this mouthful of a name sounds a bit like a ‘70s soft drink commercial (teaching the world to sing), the Globally Harmonized System will help protect employees worldwide from chemical hazards by making hazard communication more understandable.

Pictograms

One of the GHS’s features includes pictograms (simplified pictures) to communicate the health or physical hazard (or both) of each of the hundreds of thousands of hazardous chemicals used. The GHS refers to these hazards with pictograms. These GHS pictograms are white, diamond-shaped icons outlined in red with black illustrations in the center. The 8 pictograms that OSHA has adopted include:

    • Health Hazard
    • Flame
    • Exclamation Mark
    • Corrosion
    • Exploding Bomb
    • Gas Cylinder
    • Flame Over Circle
    • Skull and Crossbone

The actual pictograms and detailed GHS information are covered in the Steri-Safe Preferred and Select GHS Safety Meeting, available now.

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Topics: Safety Meeting, OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA GHS, OSHA Compliance, Stericycle, Steri-Safe, HazCom, GHS solutions, Hazardous Waste, OSHA Safety Training, OSHA Training, OSHA Deadline, OSHA Medical, Safety Meeting Topic, Safety Meetings, Safety Training Ideas, OSHA Safety Meeting Topics, Safety Topics, GHS Pictograms, Medical Hazardous Waste, Medical Hazardous Waste Disposal, Chemical Waste, Chemical Disposal, SteriSafe

OSHA Compliance: 17 Action Items for 2013

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Mon, Jan 07, 2013 @ 09:47 AM

Keep your team safe in 2013.

Ensure your facility complies with OSHA deadlines and regulations. These 17 action items for annual OSHA requirements affect most healthcare facilities, including medical and dental offices, and community providers.

See 2014 Requirements

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Stericycle, OSHA Safety Training, OSHA Training, OSHA Deadline, OSHA Compliance Program, OSHA Medical

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