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N95 Mask Requirements

Q: I attended the OSHA seminar in Lansing, MI earlier this summer and noted that when the N95 masks were discussed, the fit test consisted of making sure it stayed on the face when inhaling. The manufacturer lists more stringent...

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Posted by salholm at 01:42 PM

Does Trelstar Use Safety Needle?

Q: We use the drug Trelstar at our urology practice. Our rep says that the item is OSHA compliant but myself and the doctor doubt it. What do you think? A: Based upon this description, the Trelstar product does not...

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Posted by salholm at 10:07 AM

Are You Prepared for Flu Season?

It's that time of year again...Is your facility ready for flu patients? Do you have infection prevention materials, including tissues, hand sanitizer, and face masks available in waiting areas? What about visual alerts with instructions for Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette? Both...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:09 PM

Reuse N95 Masks?

Q: Can N95 masks be reused? I know they are supposed to be disposable, but we are having trouble getting them. A: It obviously would be best to have new personal protective equipment for each situation where an N95 was...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:01 PM

Study Finds Number of Changes Make Bird Flu a Pandemic Risk

Recent research shows how many changes a flu virus needs to undergo become a deadly pandemic strain -- allowing scientists to watch for those mutated strains most likely to make H5N1 bird flu a global threat. Researcher David Finkelstein of...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:56 PM

Test Your Knowledge - MSDS Required?

Which two of the following substances require an MSDS be kept on file? A) IV Solution of 5% Dextrose with 0.9% Sodium Chloride (D5NS) B) Bleach for surface decontamination C) Liquid paper correction fluid (i.e. white-out) D) Fire extinguisher contents...

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Posted by kmazza at 02:49 PM

Eye Wash Station Required?

Q: We recently moved our office location. I work in an orthopedic practice that just converted to digital x-ray. At our previous location, with analog x-ray it was imperative that we have an eyewash station in case of an emergency....

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Posted by salholm at 03:24 PM

Bomb Threat!

Q. I never thought it would happen, but we had a bomb threat last week. Our receptionist hung up and called the police. Is this the best action to take after a bomb threat? Do you have any tips on...

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Posted by salholm at 04:49 PM

Workplace Violence Podcast and Risk Assessment

Not sure if your facility has adequate protections in place regarding workplace violence? Quality America can help! Download our free podcast and risk assessment to help you ensure all your bases are covered. In the 20-minute podcast, Nancy Collins, Publisher...

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Posted by kmazza at 12:25 PM

Employees Protest Lack of Workplace Violence Training, Prevention

Staff at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle recently protested, passing out leaflets and accusing the administration of failing to protect workers from violent patients. "These people are physically being assaulted," said Art Wake, president of the union that represents the...

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Posted by kmazza at 12:10 PM

Counterfeit Surge Protectors

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is notifying consumers and retailers that surge protectors bearing the brand name "Fussion" bear a counterfeit UL Mark. The affected product does not contain a ground wire or surge protection. It has undersized wire and insulation that...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:57 AM

Safekeeping Patient Records

Q: I remember reading in the manual something about patient records and what type of back-up system we have for our patient records if a natural disaster occurs and we lose our records. We use paper records, do you have...

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Posted by kmazza at 05:12 PM

Squeeze Bottle Eyewash OK?

Q: According to OSHA regulations, does our eyewash have to have a plumbing system? We were under the impression that it was okay for us to have an eyewash kit (which includes the eye cup and a squeeze bottle) since...

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Posted by kmazza at 05:03 PM

Disposing of Bloody Exam Gloves

Q: In patient exam rooms, how should we handle bloody exam gloves? Do we need biohazard bags? A: Bloody exam gloves may or may not need to be discarded in the biohazard waste, depending on how much blood they're contaminated...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:50 PM


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