OSHA Archives

  • Any electrical violation will always be considered serious and carry a fine. There are two reasons why OSHA will always pay attention to electrical safety during inspections: Electrical shock can be fatal. According to OSHA about five workers are electrocuted each week. Electrical fires burn fast. A study by the U.S. Fire Administration found electrical malfunctionRead more…

  • Infection Control – Back to Basics! Infection prevention and control is more than the sum of a task list, appropriate equipment, and written policies and procedures. They are all important elements and the foundation of a strong infection control program and a culture of safety for every healthcare environment. From leader to volunteers, everyone mustRead more…

  • 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…