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Fire Extinguisher Training

Q: I understand if staff are to use fire extinguishers located on site, training must be made available on the use of the extinguisher. Would a powerpoint presentation covering use meet OSHA requirements? A: PowerPoint presentations are frequently used to...

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Posted by salholm at 04:26 PM

First Aid Training Required?

Q: Is an employer required to provide hands on First Aid/CPR Training? A: In 29 CFR 1910.151(b), OSHA requires that employers have medical personnel "readily available" for advice and consultation. If there is no nearby (within a 15 minute drive)...

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Posted by salholm at 10:35 AM

Fire Safety Training Idea

Thanks to a Pittsburgh, PA, Family Practice Office for providing this great training idea regarding fire safety/evacuation drills. Blindfold an employee and have them try to make it to the exit without peeking. (This simulates a smoke filled room where...

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Posted by salholm at 04:36 PM

Employee Won't Wear PPE

Q: If an employee does not wear their PPE, can the office be held responsible if they become sick or injured? A: This is a tough question as there are many factors to consider. In a case upheld by the...

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Posted by salholm at 12:47 PM

Chemical Labeling

Q: We use Compliance Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution in our patient rooms. The containers in the rooms are secondary containers. Currently they are marked as "Compliance". Is there some kind of secondary labeling that we should be using for this?...

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Posted by kmazza at 12:34 PM

TB Vaccination

Q: Could you tell me who in the healthcare field needs to have a TB vaccine? (i.e. office staff, nursing, tech, PA, NP and physicians in the clinic setting.) A: TB vaccination (using the BCG vaccine) isn't performed in the...

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Posted by salholm at 03:08 PM

OSHA Compliance for Janitorial/Cleaning Service Companies

Q: We are a janitorial company for medical buildings. What do we need to do to be OSHA compliant? A: This is an excellent question. Recently, OSHA fined a doctor's office in Pennsylvania because their janitorial contractor had not trained...

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Posted by kmazza at 10:24 AM

Designate New Evacuation Route?

Q: If we have any already designated fire exit can we change it to a non-fire exit and designate another door as a fire exit? A: This is a good question. As long as all of the requirements are met...

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Posted by salholm at 10:01 AM

Workplace Mold Problem

Q: A group of us that work for a state hospital are worried that some workers are getting sick from mold. We can see it and smell it. Staff are breaking out on their skin, getting headaches, and getting respiratory...

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Posted by salholm at 09:17 AM

Test Employees for HIV?

Q: I know we have to test for TB, and give the hepatitis B vaccination, but do we have to test employees for HIV? A: The only time an employer would test an employee for HIV would be as part...

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Posted by salholm at 04:31 PM

Urine Disposal

Q: What is the safest way to dispose of the urine from routine dipstick analysis? We just pour it down the lab sink. A: As long as the urine is not visibly bloody, it can be disposed of down the...

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Posted by salholm at 03:25 PM

"Putting It All Together...Annual OSHA Review" Teleconference

Date: December 6, 2007 Time: 3-4:30 EST This teleconference is designed to help OSHA Safety Officers ensure each item required yearly by OSHA has actually been accomplished at your facility. It's great for both those newly responsible for their facility's...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:29 AM


Q: We are a 7 Physican office with 3 locations and approx 20 employees at each location. We have OSHA training in place as well as a blood born pathogen plan. My question is aside from an OSHA report form...

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Posted by kmazza at 10:41 AM

Exit Hallway Width

Q: Staff at our facility just put a paper shredder and cooler in the hallway (exits on both ends). Is this a violation? A: If whatever they put in the exit hallway decreases the width to less than 44 inches,...

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Posted by kmazza at 09:58 AM

Safety Syringes for Joint Injections?

Q: We are an Orthopedic practice. The only injections we give are joint injections, which of course are administered by the MD or the PA. Do we need to be using safety syringes? Do they make safety syringes large enough...

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Posted by kmazza at 02:39 PM

Test Your Knowledge - Electrical Safety

Which statement is FALSE regarding electric safety? A. It's best to use equipment with grounded three-pronged plugs. B. Extension cords should be covered with a rug to prevent tripping. C. You should stop using an electric cord that is frayed...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:23 AM

State Recordkeeping Requirements

In our March/April 2007 issue of the OSHA Watch Newsletter Updates we told readers that unless located in Michigan, the OSHA Form 300A didn't need to be displayed in the workplace. In fact, it's Minnesota (and Hawaii and also Washington)...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:13 AM

Give Us a Check Up

At Quality America we love hear from satisfied customers about the positive experiences they've had with our OSHA compliance products and technical support. Of course, if you're not 100% pleased we want to hear from you too; your feedback is...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:07 AM

HIV-Positive HCWs Protected by Americans with Disabilities Act

In a fact sheet, issued February 26, 2007, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) illustrates how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the healthcare industry. The ADA is the federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:01 AM

PPE for Dental Procedures

Q: What is considered proper dental hygiene attire? All the scrub catalogs sell short sleeve scrubs. Is that proper attire? Do the hygienist and dentist need their arms covered? Basically we are wondering what is the updated proper protocol for...

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Posted by salholm at 02:32 PM

Stockings Required?

Q: Currently our facility has a policy that states socks must be worn with shoes. Our business office is fighting this. I realize there is an aesthetic issue here but are there any standards that address this issue? A: Since...

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Posted by salholm at 02:19 PM


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