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Wearing Mask Required?

Q: Can a dental assistant wear a face shield without a mask? A: Thanks for your question. Face protection that covers both the upper and lower portions of the face is required if the dental assistant could be splashed or...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:58 PM

Fit Test Required for N95 Masks?

Q: What does OSHA require regarding N95 respirator fit evaluations and annual fit testing? A: While OSHA is currently not enforcing annual fit-testing in medical facilities, the use of N95s does fall under the Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134)....

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Posted by kmazza at 04:30 PM

OSHA Requirement on Sewage Odor?

Q: Are there OSHA recommendations concerning sewage odor. On numerous occasions we have informed our rental company of not only strong odors from the public restrooms but the smell of raw sewage. A: Sewer gas is a complex mixture of...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:26 PM

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Q: Do portable fire extinguishers need to be mounted or marked in anyway (i.e., is it mandatory for fire extinguishers to be mounted on the wall or poles and do they need to have a sign or be painted red)?...

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Posted by kmazza at 02:56 PM

Recordkeeping: 300/301 Forms

Q: Does OSHA require medical office/doctor office to post the 300 or 301 form? What about posting requirements for a in house physician laboratory? A: If your facility is a medical practice (outpatient, ambulatory), then OSHA Forms 300/301 are not...

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Posted by kmazza at 02:47 PM

Liquid Nitrogen PPE

Q: What type glove is appropriate for use when filling our liquid nitrogen tanks? Any special requirement? We hold a metal hose from the main tank when filling the smaller tanks. It gets iced over. A: When filling your liquid...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:30 PM

BSC: Required or Recommended?

Q: For Urology practices that mix Mitomycin, is it a requirement or just a suggestion to prepare these in in BSC? A: NIOSH recommends that a BSC be used. Here is a summary of the NIOSH Alert: Preventing Occupational Exposures...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:49 PM

Precautions for Drawing Blood from CD Patients?

Q: At our facility many patients are on cytotoxic drugs. My main duty is drawing blood from our patients and I've just found out that I am pregnant. I have heard about birth defects/fetal death arising from cytotoxic drugs. What...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:46 PM

Burning Candles

Q: Is there an OSHA problem with burning candles during business hours? A: OSHA never specifically comes out and says "candles cannot be burned", but we recommend against it. If you did have a fire caused by the candles, with...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:44 PM

Reporting Needlestick?

Q: Can an employee choose not to report a needlestick? A: No, all needlesticks MUST be reported according to OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Need help with OSHA compliance? Ask Dr. Dunn or browse our helpful OSHA manuals & compliance programs....

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Posted by kmazza at 03:42 PM

Pamphlet Racks in Exit Routes?

Q: In exit hallways if there are items that are attached to the walls such as computers or pamphlet racks and there are other exits is this a problem? There is still about 4 feet of space to exit. A:...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:41 PM

Lighting Exit Routes

Q: Are exits required to be lit? A: Yes, OSHA says (1910.37(b)(1)) : "Each exit route must be adequately lighted so that an employee with normal vision can see along the exit route." Also, the exit signs must be lit...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:39 PM

Dropping 10-4 Codes Improves Communication

Commonly heard crackling over radios, police “10-4” codes may be going the way of the dodo. Officers in Virginia are discontinuing the codes since they can mean different things to people working in various organizations. The ensuing miscommunication can be...

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Posted by kmazza at 01:09 PM

How Will Bird Flu Arrive in the US?

On December 5th scientists released a new report on how H5N1 avian influenza is most likely to arrive in the US. The new prediction runs contrary to previous forecasts that bird flu would arrive with migrating birds from eastern Siberia....

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Posted by kmazza at 11:14 AM

Pregnancy Restrictions for Nitrous Oxide?

Q: If an employee is pregnant, do additional precautions need to be taken for work with Nitrous Oxide? A: OSHA does not have a permissible exposure limit (PEL) for N2O for employees. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:52 PM


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