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Increase in OSHA inspections, citations for physician practices

Approximately 20% more physician offices were inspected in 2007 than in 2006. An even greater increase in citations resulted -- violations were up by a third.

Analysis of OSHA inspection statistics for 2007 revealed significant increases in the "offices and clinics of doctors of medicine" category. This category includes many types of healthcare facilities such as ambulatory surgical centers, freestanding emergency medical centers and primary care medical clinics. Also included are offices of anesthesiologists, dermatologists, gynecologists, neurologists, obstetricians, ophthalmologists, orthopedic physicians, pathologists, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, psychiatrists, radiologists, surgeons, urologists and other specialists.

Would your healthcare facility come away from an OSHA inspection with shining colors? The foundation of your safety plan is written policy and procedure as found in Quality America's OSHA Safety Program Manual and Dental OSHA Safety Program Manual. Next you'll need to ensure your plan is customized to and implemented in your facility. This includes providing employees who have risk of exposure with hepatitis B vaccinations and titers, annual employee retraining, safety sharps, etc. Attend our free teleconference to learn more. Finally, document all compliance activities. Use the forms provided in Tab 11 of your Quality America OSHA Safety Program Manual or Tab 8 of your Dental OSHA Safety Program Manual.

1. http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/index.html
2. http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sic_manual.display?id=189&tab;=description

Posted by Quality America on January 9, 2008 | Comments (0)


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