It’s Your Call Archives

  • OSHA: What should our office do to ensure that we have ample personal protective equipment (PPE) onsite? Prepare an inventory of items that are currently in the office, calculate the burn rate, and consider the CDC’s strategies to optimize PPE.   A PPE burn rate calculator created by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and HealthRead more…

  • OSHA Our office has seen several patients who tested positive for COVID19. Should gloves, gowns, patient napkins, masks & other waste be discarded differently? No. Medical and general waste (trash) that come from healthcare facilities treating COVID19 patients is no different than waste coming from facilities without COVID-19 patients. Routine procedures should be performed accordingRead more…

  • OSHA: How many COVID19 tests has the FDA granted? Twenty-two in vitro diagnostic tests has been granted to developers as of March 30, 2020. These tests are human samples that can be taken from blood or tissue and are used to detect diseases or other conditions. More than 100 laboratories have begun using their ownRead more…

  • It’s Your Call OSHA: When are people most contagious with flu? According to the CDC, people are most contagious in the first 3 to 4 days after symptoms begin. The average time from the exposure to apparent symptoms is 2 days. Be sure to take the necessary precautions and get vaccinated to protect yourself againstRead more…

  • OSHA: If we have an employee stay less than a year, are we obligated to keep their medical records? No. The medical record can be given to the worker upon termination if they were employed less than a year. Medical records would include medical and employment questionnaires, laboratory tests, pre-employment exams, first aid records, treatmentRead more…

  • OSHA: What kind of fire extinguishers do most offices have? Most offices and hospitals have multi-purpose dry chemical extinguishers which are classified with the labels A, B, & C. The 3 elements needed to ignite a fire are heat, fuel, and an oxidizing agent. These multi-purpose dry chemical extinguishers will coat the fuel with aRead more…

  • OSHA: How long do we keep records of the monthly fire extinguisher inspection? OSHA regulation 1910.157(e)(3) says the tag/record must be kept for one year past the last entry or the life of the shell, whichever is less. If the last entry is 9/19/2019, the ticket can be discarded on 9/19/2020. HIPAA: Are there anyRead more…

  • OSHA: Some offices are partially exempt from maintaining OSHA injury and illness records. How can I find out if our office is exempt? A list of partially exempt industries can be found at: https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1904/1904SubpartBAppA. These employers are required to keep a record ONLY if they are asked in writing by OSHA, the Bureau of LaborRead more…

  • OSHA Global Handwashing Day is October 15th. Are you aware of these hand hygiene facts? The Global Handwashing Partnership works to save children’s lives and improve health by promoting handwashing with soap. On average, only 40% of healthcare workers or fewer adhere to recommended hand hygiene practices. Healthcare-associated infections affect an average of 1 inRead more…