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Can Alcohol Pump Bottles Be Contaminated?

Q: Can we use refillable alcohol pump bottles? A: Based upon two articles, Pseudobacteremia Due to Contaminated Alcohol Swabs (J Clin Microbiol. 1983 October; 18(4): 974-975.) and Nosocomial Pseudoepidemic Caused by Bacillus Cereus Traced to Contaminated Ethyl Alcohol from a...

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Posted by kmazza at 02:24 PM

Holey Shoes

Q: We have a question concerning the new Croc duty shoes. With all the open holes on the top of the shoe are they compliant with OSHA? A: Thanks for your question about Croc's shoes. These are becoming quite popular...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:20 AM

Who Pays for Flu and HBV Vaccinations?

Q: Does the employer have to pay for vaccines, like flu and HBV, for each staff member? A: OSHA states very clearly that employers must pay for the HBV vaccine in the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, paragraph (f)(1)(ii)(A)... "made available at...

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Posted by Nathan at 07:42 PM

Wear Gloves for Injections?

Q: Must gloves be worn when giving injections? A: The bloodborne pathogens standard requires glove use whenever it's reasonable to anticipate hand contact with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids, such as when performing vascular access procedures. Surprisingly, OSHA's...

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Posted by kmazza at 01:30 PM

Cytotoxic Drug HCW Precautions

Q: I have a OSHA question that I need some help with and wanted to see if you could point me in the right direction or provide me with some information on a question that I have in our office....

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Posted by kmazza at 12:16 PM

Masks for Pandemic Flu

In a document released on October 24th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises healthcare workers during a flu pandemic to wear N-95 masks when performing medical activities that have a high likelihood of generating infectious respiratory aerosols....

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Posted by kmazza at 03:04 PM

Judge Upholds OSHA Tube-Holder Citation

An Administrative Law Judge upheld an OSHA citation issued to Quest Diagnostics Laboratory in 2004 for reusing tube holders. The decision was handed down by the Honorable Sidney Goldstein of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). Judge Goldstein...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:01 PM


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