It’s Your Call Archives

  • 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…

  • OSHA: How long should we keep the fire extinguisher log?  1910.157(e)(3) The employer shall record the annual maintenance date and retain this record for one year after the last entry or the life of the shell, whichever is less.   HIPAA: Our office uses a software program that contains protected health information. Should we obtainRead more…

  • OSHA: What are the protection levels for face masks? The ASTM Standard rates medical masks at three levels of protection against fluid and spray.  Minimum protection offers a simple barrier which is ideal for procedures where no fluids or sprays are involved. Level 1 masks adequately protect when low amounts of fluid, aerosols, and sprayRead more…

  • 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…