It’s Your Call May 2019

May 15, 2019 / It's Your Call

OSHA: Warmer weather is here, and administrative employees often inquire about the rules for wearing open-toed shoes. What is OSHA’s view?

In general, there is no OSHA policy about wearing open-toed shoes in an office environment. However, OSHA Rule 1910.136(a) states:

The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, or when the use of protective footwear will protect the affected employee from an electrical hazard, such as a static-discharge or electric-shock hazard, that remains after the employer takes other necessary protective measures.

Assess your work environment for potential hazards and then decide if open-toed shoes would be appropriate.

HIPAA: My co-worker is loud when he talks to patients. Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule say anything about talking to patients if one might be overheard?

Yes, oral communication often must occur freely and quickly in treatment settings. Overhearing conversations may be unavoidable, and the conversations are less audible when reasonable safeguards are in place like white noise, music, and lowering your voice.

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