It’s Your Call Archives

  • 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…

  • OSHA: When using a disinfectant wipe, what type of gloves should you use? The gloves types will vary based upon the disinfectant type, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) recommendations, and instructions for use. The SDS for Caviwipes, for example, recommends impervious gloves such as butyl rubber or nitrile for operations which may result in prolonged orRead more…

  • OSHA: What is the importance of a housekeeping schedule? Exposure to bloodborne pathogens are ever present in clinical settings, and employees must be protected from contaminated surfaces such as cabinets, patient beds, floors, equipment, walls, light handles, etc. OSHA regulation 1910.1030(d)(4)(ii) states: All equipment and environmental and working surfaces shall be cleaned and decontaminated afterRead more…

  • OSHA: The transport container is contaminated with blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) from our instruments. How should we clean these reusable, transport containers? OSHA regulation 1910.1030(d)(4)(ii)(C) states: All bins, pails, cans, and similar receptacles intended for reuse which have a reasonable likelihood for becoming contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials shallRead more…

  • OSHA: One of our exit doors locks from the outside. What are the OSHA guidelines for exit doors that are locked inside? According to standard 1910.36(d), An exit door must be unlocked. Employees must be able to open an exit route door from the inside at all times without keys, tools, or special knowledge. ARead more…

  • OSHA: Our office automatically provides a Hepatitis B titer for all new hires. Is this acceptable? No. The CDC recommends a titer only if there is documented proof of the vaccination series. If the employee cannot provide documentation of such, then the Hepatitis B series and titer should be offered at the employer’s cost. Alternatively,Read more…

  • OSHA: What is the risk of Hepatitis C infection from a needlestick exposure to a positive Hepatitis C patient? There is .1% risk of infection after a needlestick or sharps exposure to Hepatitis C (HCV) positive blood. In the event of occupational exposure, CDC guidance suggests testing the source patient for HCV RNA which canRead more…

  • It’s Your Call OSHA: Does your office have caution signs?  If so, are the signs OSHA compliant? Caution signs are meant to warn against potential hazards like hot surfaces or wet floors. OSHA requires a specific design for these signs. The sigh should have a yellow background and a black panel with yellow letters. AnyRead more…

  • OSHA: Why does the water from the eyewash need to be tepid? OSHA refers to the 2014 ANSI standard Z358.1 which states that the water temperature delivered by emergency equipment should be tepid. Tepid is defined to be between 60°F (16°C) and 100°F (38°C). Citations may be issued under OSHA standard CFR 1910.151 if the drenching/flushingRead more…