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

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)

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

5 Ways to Avoid OSHA Fines for HazCom

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 10:04 PM

In March 2012, OSHA announced incorporation of provisions of the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard provides employees with the right to know and understand about hazardous chemicals and how to protect themselves. 

Did You Miss the HazCom Deadline?

As one of the top areas for OSHA citations, the Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) has several

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, HazCom, Hazard Communication, OSHA Training, GHS, OSHA fines

Keep Your Team Safe in 2014: OSHA Compliance and More

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 03:32 PM

Ensure your facility complies with OSHA deadlines and regulations.

These 18 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: Stericycle, Steri-Safe, OSHA Safety Training, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance Program, Bloodborne Pathogens Training

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

5 Action Items for Hazard Communication (HazCom)

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 02:53 PM

Recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changes require you to complete 5 Action Items to stay compliant. This is because OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) surrounding chemical hazards in the workplace was revised.

1.  Train.

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Topics: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA GHS, OSHA Compliance, HazCom, Hazard Communication Standard, Hazard Communication, GHS solutions, OSHA Training, GHS

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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