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New Single Use Eyewash Station

Q: There is a new single use eye wash station that is available. Do you know if it is OSHA accepted? A: Since there are hundreds of eyewash stations on the market, without knowing the specific brand and model of...

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Posted by salholm at 11:39 AM

Lab Coats Required?

Q: Are Medical Doctors and Nurse Practitioners obligated to wear lab coats when seeing patients? A: It depends...! Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of a fluid resistant garment (gown or lab coat) is required to be worn by...

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Posted by salholm at 11:22 AM

Help Customizing OSHA Manual

Q: I bought Quality America's OSHA Safety Program Manual and am going through and working on customizing it to my practice. Some parts don't apply since we don't perform those procedures and I have another OSHA 3-ring binder we used...

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Posted by salholm at 10:49 AM

Titer Employee Before Vaccination?

Q: I have Quality America's OSHA Safety Program Manual and wanted to clarify some guidance given in Tab 5 where it says "prevaccination serologic screening for HBV is not indicated." I have an employee who was previously vaccinated for HBV...

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Posted by salholm at 09:59 AM

Top Safety Concerns

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has announced its top public policy concerns for occupational and environmental health and safety over the next two years. The listed issues applicable to medical and dental practices are: 1. Permissible Exposure Limits (PLE)...

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Posted by salholm at 09:46 AM

White House Gains More Control Over Regulatory Agencies

President Bush issued executive order 13422, giving the White House more authority over the regulations and guidance documents developed by federal agencies such as OSHA. The directive specifies that each agency establish a "regulatory policy officer" appointed by the president....

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Posted by kmazza at 01:32 PM

Test Your Knowledge - BBP Transmission

Name one way employees can be infected with bloodborne pathogens on the job? A. Handling urine specimens. B. Being exposed to patients who are coughing. C. Working with glutaraldehyde. D. Collecting blood samples from patients. D. is the correct answer....

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Posted by kmazza at 01:19 PM

Pandemic Flu Guidelines Issued

Innovative new guidelines to contend with Pandemic Flu are modeled on five levels, similar to hurricane severity rankings but ordered by lethality instead of wind speed. In an average year 36,000 people in the US die from flu. Category 1...

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Posted by kmazza at 12:50 PM

Quality America Announces Upcoming Release

Quality America's Online Training Center will add dental specific OSHA training this month. The course, Dental OSHA Training, may be used by dental facilities for both initial training and OSHA annual retraining. Check out Quality America's Online Training Center Demo...

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Posted by kmazza at 12:48 PM

Wisconsin Nurse Escapes Felony Charges

Nurses and hospital associations were outraged when criminal charges were filed against a nurse in the tragic medication error-related death of a young mother. The case had much larger implications: healthcare workers are at risk for criminal charges if they...

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Posted by kmazza at 12:45 PM

Buy The New OSHA Poster?

Q: I just got an e-mail from a company that said OSHA has published a new "It's The Law" poster and I need to buy it from them to stay compliant. Is this true? A: While it is true OSHA...

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Posted by salholm at 02:23 PM

Spill Kit Contents

Q: Are there specific items that OSHA requires in a spill kit for a medical surgical center. Where can I find a list of these items? Thank you for your time. A: OSHA regulations generally are not specific in nature....

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Posted by salholm at 10:13 AM

Mobile DNA Collection Station

Q: We are setting up a mobile DNA collection unit. The technician will use a swab to obtain saliva then put it in an envelope to send to the lab. Do OSHA's BBP or HazCom standards apply? A: No. Saliva...

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Posted by salholm at 09:14 AM

Ergonomics, OSHA's Enforcement of

Q: I am attempting to research ergonomic standards or guidelines as published and/or updated by OSHA in the last year. Everything I have been able to locate is from 2000-2002 or mentions a 2005/2006 change--but I cannot find specific citations...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:36 AM

OSHA Regulations for Medi-Spa

Q: Can you give me direction on where I might find OSHA compliance and regulations for a medi-spa? We will be doing microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, Botox, Restylane, etc. I appreciate any assistance. A: Since you will be performing injections,...

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Posted by salholm at 11:17 AM

Carpeted Floors?

Q: We are getting ready to open a medi-spa, where we will be doing microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, Botox, Restylane, etc. Can a commercial grade carpet be used on floors? A: Best wishes for your grand opening of the medi-spa....

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Posted by salholm at 10:26 AM

Decontaminating a Damaged Exam Table

Q: We have the Quality America OSHA Safety Program in place in all of our physician offices. It was brought to my attention this week that at one of the offices there is an exam table with rips in the...

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Posted by salholm at 09:55 AM

Report Patient Fatality to OSHA?

Q: We had a patient experience a fatal reaction to an injection. We understand we have to do an 'incident' report for our risk management but didn't know about the need to complete an OSHA incident form since it wasn't...

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Posted by salholm at 09:17 AM

Storing Employee Medical Records

Q: Can employee 'medical files' for OSHA be kept at a site other than where they are working, i.e. a main central location? A: Yes, OSHA requires you maintain the records and that employees have access to them but they...

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Posted by salholm at 09:08 AM

Annual TB Skin Testing

Q: I have several questions for you regarding the TB/infection control procedures. We are a low risk practice and we have always tested our medical staff (i.e.: RN's, MA's and Physicians) annually for TB. We have never used the 2-step...

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Posted by salholm at 01:33 PM

Patient's Family Member Stuck!

Q: If a person that is not the patient ie: family member were to be accidentally stuck with a needle we would of course document the incident on the Injury Log but if the doctor dictated the occurrence in the...

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Posted by kmazza at 02:44 PM

Unsafe Scalpel Use?

Q: I was in one of our practices this morning and some of the physicians were using old style scalpels, the ones where you have to physically remove the used blade from the metal handle. I mentioned that I didn't...

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Posted by salholm at 01:41 PM

Can Staff Use #15 Blade Without Handle?

Q: We have a physician assistant that wants to use #15 blades with no handles to do patient procedures in the office. I maintain that as an employee, OSHA standards apply to the PA and since there is a safety...

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Posted by salholm at 01:12 PM

Consider Automated External Defibrillators

Employees involved in shift work, or who hold high stress jobs, may face a higher risk of heart disease and cardiac arrest. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are designed to automatically analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to...

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Posted by salholm at 11:01 AM

Who Pays for QuantiFERON TB Test?

Q: We have a new employee that had #1 PPD of the 2-step placed. It was positive. We are going to get the QuantiFERON TB to confirm the positive PPD before offering her treatment. We have 6 Infectious disease Physicians...

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Posted by salholm at 09:31 AM


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