OSHA Archives

  • OSHA Compliance Takes a Team The responsibility and commitment of the management of OSHA compliance often weighs heavily on the shoulders of a facility’s OSHA Compliance Officer. It is important to remember that successful compliance is not the job of one individual.  OSHA compliance is everyone’s job and comes with rewards and consequences that affectRead more…

  • After the inspection, the inspector will have a “Closing Meeting” to cover the preliminary findings. This meeting can happen immediately after the inspection or can be scheduled for a future date. At the Closing Meeting the inspector will meet with the OSHA Officer (and management if you request it) to go over all issues notedRead more…

  • Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, CARN, and author of Unbecoming a Nurse: Bypassing the Hidden Chemical Dependency Trap, recently wrote a guest post for the CDC’s Safe Healthcare blog. (https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/out-from-under-the-bus/) about reporting drug abuse in a health care setting. “Many health professionals believe that reporting a colleague’s alcohol or other drug problem is “throwing them underRead more…

  • When OSHA decides to inspect your practice, the inspector(s) will show up at your door without notice. What happens then?  What are your rights? When an inspector shows up, get a business card. Ask the inspector to have a seat in the lobby while you notify management and the OSHA Officer.  We recommend delaying theRead more…

  • How does your practice get chosen by OSHA to be inspected? The usual way for a practice gets inspected is when an employee, ex-employee or patient reports it to OSHA for violations of OSHA regulations. This is called a “for cause” inspection. If a current employee reports a true regulation offense then a practice willRead more…

  • Effective January 18, 2017, the FDA has issued a ban on the manufacturing, distribution or use of powdered gloves. Below is a statement included in the Final Rule: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has determined that Powdered Surgeon’s Gloves, Powdered Patient Examination Gloves, and Absorbable Powder for Lubricating a Surgeon’s Glove presentRead more…

  • OSHA announced new regulations on reporting workplace illnesses and injuries in May. There are rolling out in two parts.  For a refresher on part one, check out last month’s Advisor and on our website.  Part two goes into effect on November 1, 2016. Part two of the new regulations involves changing policies and procedures toRead more…

  • OSHA announced new regulations on reporting workplace illnesses and injuries in May. This is a two-part change. Part one involves reporting illnesses and injuries to OSHA electronically each year and goes into effect in January, 2017. Part two covers changes in the policies and procedures needed to ensure employees report their illnesses and injuries withoutRead more…