It’s Your Call Archives

  • OSHA Measles outbreaks have been in the news a lot. What are 5 quick facts about transmission that our office should be aware of? Answer: Here are 5 quick facts to know about measles. It is highly contagious. Individuals who are not immune have a 90% chance of becoming infected if they are close toRead more…

  • OSHA:  Our office has switched disinfectant wipes. Do we need to retrain? 1910.1200(h)(1) Employers shall provide employees with effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of their initial assignment, and whenever a new chemical hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their workRead more…

  • 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 inRead more…

  • OSHA: What documentation is required for OSHA training, and how long should the records be kept? Documentation should be kept for 3 years. It should contain a record of training dates, the contents or a summary of the training sessions, the names and job titles of all persons attending the training, and the names andRead more…

  • OSHA: What is the name of the Hepatitis B 2-dose vaccine? What is the time frame for the doses to be administered? The 2-dose vaccine for Hepatitis B is called Heplisav-B (HepB-CpG). The doses should be administered 4 weeks apart followed by a titer 1-2 months after the second dose. Pregnant women should continue toRead more…

  • It’s your call OSHA: We recently hired a new clinical worker who received a 2-dose series for Hepatitis B and titer.  Is there really a 2-dose series? Yes. Early in 2018, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended Heplisav-B (HepB-CpG) for vaccination against Hepatitis B for those who are ≥ 18 years. The dosesRead more…

  • OSHA: Does our office have to keep the 300 Workplace Injury and Illness Log? OSHA uses the data from these logs to assess and remove safety and health hazards. Establishments that have 250 or more employees and high risk industries with 20-249 employees must electronically submit the form. The list of high risk industries canRead more…

  • OSHA: We have a broken fluorescent light bulb. I’ve heard this is an issue, but why? Fluorescent light bulbs may emit a small amount of mercury vapor when the bulb is broken. To minimize risks, the EPA describes several cleanup and disposal steps at https://www.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl#instructions. LED lightbulbs are an alternative to fluorescent lightbulbs. They doRead more…

  • OSHA: Our office hired a clinical worker who does not have proof of Hepatitis B 3-shot series. Can we just provide a pre-employment titer? No. If an employee does not have proof, offer a 3-dose series of hepatitis B vaccine, test for anti-HBs in 1–2 months, and document the result in the employee’s health record.Read more…