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Safety Articles by Topic: OSHA

What do OSHA inspectors look for in healthcare settings?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 7, 2013

    OSHA inspectors are usually interested in (and legally entitled to) review of:

Break the "Groundhog Day" cycle, minimizing construction impacts, and changes to the Life Safety Code®

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 31, 2013

    This week in Hospital Safety Insider: Breaking the “Groundhog Day” cycle, minimizing...

How to evaluate safety sharps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 30, 2013

    You've had some complaints and a near miss, so you know you need to replace what you're using but...

Breaking the "Groundhog Day" cycle

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 29, 2013

    Recently on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor blog (www.oshahealthcareadvisor.com), we invited readers...

Employers must post OSHA 300A work-related injuries and illnesses summary by Feb. 1

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 24, 2013

    Employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recordkeeping rule...

Eyewash 101, reopening patient care units, and Life Safety Code rules for fire doors

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 17, 2013

    This week in Hospital Safety Insider: Eyewash Stations 101, why you need to report patient issues...

Safe in Common to Host Second in Series of Online Sharps Safety Conferences

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 17, 2013

    Safe in Common (SIC), the non-profit organization of healthcare safety advocates dedicated to...

Nurse with no flu shot refuses to wear mask, is fired

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 17, 2013

    A nurse who refused to wear a surgical mask after receiving an exemption from a mandatory flu...

From the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Blog: Adding "Negative Nellie" to the safety committee

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 10, 2013

    Q: Our office's "Negative Nellie" wants to be on the safety committee. I am sure she...

From Mac’s Safety Space: Ride the lightning...tales from the survey wars!

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 10, 2013

    Just a quick little list of recent survey findings—not necessarily having anything to do...

Needlestick injuries on the rise, says HPA

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 10, 2013

    The number of needlestick injuries that left healthcare workers exposed to blood-borne viruses has...

Report: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic employees still not protected

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 10, 2013

    Months after the mass shooting in March at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, a...

Nurses’ union contract features first-in-nation needlestick and workplace violence benefit

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 10, 2013

    A nurses’ union in California is celebrating what it calls a first-in-the-nation workplace...

From the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Blog: Survey: Seasonal Safety

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 20, 2012

    The holiday season has begun, and (for some of you) winter weather is either here or on its way...

OSHA Releases List Of Most Violated OSHA Standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 13, 2012

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor recently...

From the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Blog: Organizing the MSDS

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 13, 2012

    Q: I am trying to standardize and simplify the organization of the MSDS in our organization. Many...

OSHA Healthcare Connection merging into Hospital Safety Insider

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 4, 2012

    OSHA Healthcare Connection merging into Hospital Safety Insider Notice: Your subscription will be...

Portable fire extinguishers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 4, 2012

    Q: How should I mount and mark portable fire extinguishers? Is it mandatory for fire extinguishers...

OSHA Healthcare Connection merging into Hospital Safety Insider

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 27, 2012

    Notice: Your subscription will be changing in the coming weeks! Very shortly, OSHA Healthcare...

Excela Health worker safety efforts paying off but unfinished

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 27, 2012

    Hospital workers care for accident victims every day. It is David H. Byers' job as manager of...

From Mac’s Safety Space: Temper Temper(ature)

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 21, 2012

    In the continuing pursuit of every possible question that could ever be asked about eyewash...

How do you store, manage, and access your MSDS?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 20, 2012

    Many workplaces are going paperless with their MSDS, storing them as PDFs or relying on...

Workplace violence prompts rising concern

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 20, 2012

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is cracking down on employers that are...

Ask the expert: Should biohazard bins be kept behind closed doors?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 28, 2012

    Q: Do our red bins for biohazard waste need to be locked in a closet or if it is OK to keep them...

Hospital-acquired infections undercounted in California

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 28, 2012

    California officials have uncovered problems in reporting infection control data that highlights...

Study: Influenza vaccination rates differ between hospital and nonhospital settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 28, 2012

    A study appearing in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology looks at how and why healthcare...

Are you going to NAHQ on September 20 - 23?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 28, 2012

    If so, join HCPro for an exclusive focus group meeting while at NAHQ. Be the first to preview an...

Three states seeing new cases of H3N2 flu

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 21, 2012

    Michigan and West Virginia have reported their first cases of the new variant of swine flu, H3N2...

AIHA advice for OSHA includes stiffening fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 21, 2012

    The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has released a white paper that highlights the...

Ask the expert archive: Emergency action plans for small practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 21, 2012

    Q: Does a small clinic need a written emergency action plan?

OSHA cites health center for not protecting employees from TB

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 14, 2012

    Charter Oak Health Center Inc. in Hartford, CT, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's...

NIOSH updates healthcare hazardous drug list

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 14, 2012

    NIOSH has updated for 2012 the list of drugs commonly found in healthcare considered hazardous and...

Ask the expert: Do we have to use safety scalpels?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 14, 2012

    Q: I'm a safety office at a urologic institute and I am conducting my sharps review for this year...

Weekly poll: Staff and TB testing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 14, 2012

    For the settings in your healthcare organization that are at low risk for TB exposure, do you...

CDC reports new H3N2 outbreak

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 7, 2012

    The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is reporting a new strain of swine flu...

Getting a jump on GHS HazCom changes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 7, 2012

    The revision of the Hazard Communication Standard to include the Globally Harmonized System (GHS...

Ask the expert archive: Cleaning logs for medical equipment

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 7, 2012

    Q: How long does OSHA require us to keep a cleaning log for a biosafety cabinet in our oncology...

Weekly Poll: Summer dress codes and safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 7, 2012

    Does how staff members dress in summertime create worker safety or patient safety problems?

In memoriam - David LaHoda

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, July 31, 2012

    It is with great sadness that I share the news that David LaHoda, our good friend and colleague...

Publishing break for Medical Environment Update

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, July 31, 2012

    In light of the current events, HCPro will not publish a September or October issue of the...

Weighty issues: Obese patients and healthcare worker safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    The nation’s obesity epidemic has healthcare workers, especially nurses and nursing aides...

Mercy! Time to consider risk of MRSA from unsafe injections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    Move over hepatitis B, C, and HIV, and make room for MRSA infections as a consequence of unsafe...

Ask the expert: When safety needles and scalpels are the exception

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    Q: What reasons will an OSHA inspector accept for not adopting safety devices, such as safety...

Weekly Poll: Summer dress codes and safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    Do how staff members dress in summertime create worker safety or patient safety problems?

Weekly poll: Healthcare workers and latex hazards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2012

    In your facility, do you educate healthcare workers and provide them with training materials about...

Study examines infection prevention practices in home healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 17, 2012

    “A healthy boy was infected with antibiotic-resistant bacterium that was traced to his...

Ask the expert: Healthcare worker TB exposure

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 17, 2012

    Q: A patient seen by our practice has recently tested positive for tuberculosis and is undergoing...

Weekly poll: Healthcare workers and latex hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 17, 2012

    In your facility, do you educate healthcare workers and provide them with training materials about...

NIOSH reports chemotherapy drug exposures to oncology clinic staff

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 16, 2012

    Concerns voiced by staff at an oncology clinic can help protect your workers, who may also handle...

Calif. Hospital fined $84,450 for aerosol transmissible disease violation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

    Cal/OSHA has imposed an $84,450 fine on Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for failure to warn and...

CDC updates healthcare workers with hepatitis guidelines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 10, 2012

    The CDC updated the guidelines for how facilities should manage healthcare providers with hepatitis...

Editor's choice: Hepatitis B protection for healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 10, 2012

    OSHA Healthcare Advisor asked its readers what percentage of their workers met ACIP recommendations?

Ask the expert: TB screening for medical office staff

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 10, 2012

    Q: What are the OSHA TB screening requirements for medical office staff?

Weekly poll: Staff and TB testing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 10, 2012

    For the settings in your healthcare organization that are at low risk for TB exposure, do you...

Healthcare hazardous drug list expands

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, July 5, 2012

    NIOSH has updated for 2012 the list of drugs commonly found in healthcare considered hazardous and...

NIOSH updates healthcare hazardous drug list

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    NIOSH has updated for 2012 the list of drugs commonly found in healthcare considered hazardous and...

AIHA advice for OSHA includes stiffening fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 26, 2012

    The American Industrial Hygiene Association has released a white paper that highlights the emerging...

Nurses at higher risk for depression

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 26, 2012

    At a rate of 18%, nurses are twice as likely to experience depression as the general public.

Ask the expert: Refusing the hepatitis B post-vaccination titer

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 26, 2012

    Q: If an employee agrees to the hepatitis B the vaccination but fails to follow through on the...

Weekly poll: OSHA fines vs. environmental fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 26, 2012

    Do you believe that OSHA fines are too lenient, especially when compared to fines imposed by...

Domestic violence at root of hospital fatality

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    The shooting at the Erie County Medical Center shows that violence in healthcare is not only...

Tips for slip, trip, and fall prevention week

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    The National Safety Council (NSC) reminds that week 3 of June National Safety Month is Preventing...

Up close and personal on unsafe injections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    The CDC has recently posted two items on unsafe injection practices.

Editor’s choice: Studying the aftermath of an employee shooting

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    Q: How can hospitals prepare for this type of employee-on-employee violence?  

Ask the expert: Positive TB test with new hires

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    Q: We are a low-risk setting for TB. What is the follow-up when a new worker has a positive skin...

Weekly poll; Checking for slip, trip, fall hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    How thorough are you or staff members with regular STF walk-through inspection?

Tips for ergonomics week

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2012

    The National Safety Council (NSC) reminds us that week two of June National Safety Month is...

CNA staff face many and varied workplace injuries

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2012

    A report on work-related injuries among certified nursing assistants (CNA) show that they face not...

Weekly poll: How serious are you about ergonomics?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2012

    Is an ergonomics policy a key part of the safety program in your healthcare facility?

Feds encourage blunt-tip suture needle use

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 12, 2012

    To put it bluntly, the FDA, CDC, NIOSH, and OSHA want to see more use of blunt-tip suture needles...

Tips for ergonomics week

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 12, 2012

    The National Safety Council (NSC) reminds us that week two of June National Safety Month is...

CNA staff face many and varied workplace injuries

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 12, 2012

    A report on work-related injuries among certified nursing assistants (CNA) show that they face not...

Ask the expert:Disposable tourniquets and OSHA regulations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 5, 2012

    Q: What does OSHA say about reusing tourniquets for blood draws?

OSHA hits four Veterans Administration clinics with safety notices

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2012

    OSHA issued 30 notices of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions to four U.S. Department of...

Weekly poll: Random safety inspections, improved safety or burdensome expense

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 31, 2012

    With regard to healthcare do you believe that random safety inspections, such as from OSHA, do...

OSHA hits four Veterans Administration clinics with safety notices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 29, 2012

    OSHA issued 30 notices of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions to four U.S. Department of...

Editor’s choice: Chemotherapy drugs and sterilizing agents put nurses at risk

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 29, 2012

    It’s no surprise that highly toxic chemicals, found in chemotherapy drugs and sterilizing...

Ask the expert: Using safety needles in an orthopedic practice

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 29, 2012

    Q: Our orthopedic practice only gives steroid injections. Are we required to use safety needles?

Weekly poll: Random safety inspections, improved safety or burdensome expense

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 29, 2012

    With regard to healthcare do you believe that random safety inspections, such as from OSHA, do...

OSHA to establish Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2012

    OSHA announced its intent to establish a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee that will...

Study: Work experience related to increased use of PPE for flu

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2012

    Proper use of PPE for protection against H1N1 comes with healthcare worker experience, but not as...

Editor's choice: Healthcare workplace violence compared to other occupations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2012

    Healthcare workers were victims of workplace violence at more than twice the rate of the general...

Ask the expert: When to test after Hepatitis B vaccination

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2012

    Q: After employees have the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, when should they be tested for...

Weekly poll: Hepatitis B protection for healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 22, 2012

    Of the workers in your healthcare facility with reasonably anticipated risk for exposures to blood...

Intimate partner violence in workplace homicides touches healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 15, 2012

    Intimate partner violence resulted in nearly a quarter of the homicides among women at work in the...

OSHA and Laser Institute of America renew alliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 15, 2012

    OSHA and the Laser Institute of America have renewed their alliance aimed at reducing and...

Policies for preventing domestic violence in federal workplaces

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 15, 2012

    President Obama issued a memorandum specifically requiring federal workplaces to protect workers...

Your nursing history IQ can win you a free webcast on preventing CAUTIs!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 15, 2012

    There is still time to get in on HCPro's Nurses Week celebration free webcast contest through a fun...

Ask the expert: Training record retention

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 15, 2012

    Q: I have been looking on the OSHA website for guidance on how long we should retain employee...

Weekly poll: Domestic violence in the workplace

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 15, 2012

    Does your workplace violence prevention program specifically address the threats and effects of...

Assaults at hospital draw OSHA workplace violence fine

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 8, 2012

    Lakeview Specialty Hospital, Waterford, WI, made the headlines when it received a $12,000 OSHA fine...

Celebrating Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, May 9

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 8, 2012

    May 9 is Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day, which includes recognizing the...

Ask the expert: Online exposure control plan

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 8, 2012

    Q: Is it okay to have the Bloodborne Pathogens exposure control plan online, for example on the...

Weekly poll: Nurses and workplace safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 8, 2012

    Compared to other working groups or occupations in your healthcare facility or organization, how...

Why OSHA standards take so long to develop

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 1, 2012

    A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on why OSHA standards take, on average, more...

U.S. workers not catching enough ZZZZs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 1, 2012

    An especially high prevalence of short sleep duration was reported by night shift workers in the...

Ask the expert: Doctors and annual bloodborne pathogens training

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 1, 2012

    Q: Are doctors in a medical practice exempt from OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard yearly updates...

Weekly poll: Can OSHA pick up the pace?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 1, 2012

    Do you predict that changes will be made to allow OSHA standards to be developed more quickly than...

Study: Forgetfulness, discomfort blamed for respiratory hygiene noncompliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 24, 2012

    Even though nearly all emergency department triage nurses at two university hospitals knew that...

Editor’s choice: The bathroom is your lab!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 24, 2012

    “I couldn't control my shock and asked her if she was kidding me! She was serious. We both...

Study checks dental students on bloodborne exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 17, 2012

    Fewer than half of dental school students showed “adequate knowledge of transmission and...

Webinar focuses on protecting clinicians from hazardous drug exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 17, 2012

    In recognition of Safe Handling Awareness Day, April 20, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) is...

Weekly poll: Personally speaking up on hand hygiene

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 17, 2012

    As a patient, how likely are you to remind a physician to perform hand hygiene before attending to...

Weekly poll: Surviving an OSHA inspection, right now

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 15, April 11, 2012

    Regardless of your facility type, how confident are you that your healthcare facility would be...

Nursing homes draw OSHA emphasis program

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 10, 2012

    With workers in nursing and residential care facilities experiencing injuries “2.3 times...

Vital stats: Healthcare as a dangerous job

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 10, 2012

    The OSHA Healthcare Advisor asked readers whether they considered their healthcare jobs dangerous...

Weekly poll: Surviving an OSHA inspection, right now

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 10, 2012

    Regardless of your facility type, how confident are you that your healthcare facility would be...

Needlestick prevention group takes to the road

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 3, 2012

    Safe in Common, a non-profit organization established to raise awareness about needlestrick hazards...

Study finds only low levels of MRSA ambulances

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 3, 2012

    Ambulances are relative free of contaminated surfaces that could cause staph infections to patients...

Ask the expert: Who is qualified to instruct in bloodborne pathogens training?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 3, 2012

    Q: What qualifications or certifications does OSHA require for conducting annual training for...

Weekly poll: Safety compliance and regulatory sources

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 3, 2012

    From what sources do you regularly obtain information about healthcare staff and facility safety?

OSHA announces amended Hazard Communication standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 27, 2012

    OSHA's changes to the Hazard Communication standard will improve safety by making it easier for...

Safety officer tip: Play it safe with the general duty clause

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 27, 2012

    Sometimes there will be a danger in the workplace that OSHA hasn’t drafted a particular...

Ask the expert: Chest x-ray frequency with positive TB test

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 27, 2012

    Q: How often should a staff member in a doctor's office with a positive tuberculin skin test be...

Weekly poll: Training time for HazCom 2012

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 27, 2012

    Does OSHA's December 2013 deadline give employers enough time to train workers for the GHS-related...

OSHA announces amended Hazard Communication standard

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 22, 2012

    OSHA’s changes to the Hazard Communication standard will improve safety by making it easier...

Study: Blood exposures risky with IV catheters

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 20, 2012

    For nurses, working with IV catheters poses a significant risk for blood exposures, yet most...

Psychiatric hospitals fined

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 20, 2012

    Two California state psychiatric hospitals were fined by Cal-OSHA for failing to protect workers...

Ask the expert: Blood exposure and eyewash station checks

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 20, 2012

    Q: We have no corrosive chemicals in our work area that would require an emergency eyewash station...

Weekly poll: Staff safety training and education

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 20, 2012

    What percentage of your job do you spend on staff safety training and education?

Call to Action issued for protection from bloodborne disease exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 13, 2012

    The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center and the American Nurses Association have been...

HazCom GHS clears OMB review

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 13, 2012

    Adoption of the Globally Harmonized System for classifying and labeling chemicals into the Hazard...

Ask the expert: Carpeting in lab blood draw rooms

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 13, 2012

    Q: Are there any OSHA rules against carpeting in lab blood draw rooms?

Weekly poll: OSHA enforcement in non-hospital settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 13, 2012

    Are you in favor of more bloodborne exposure and needlestick enforcement efforts by OSHA in...

Checking podiatry clinics for bioaerosol exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 6, 2012

    Yes, there are occupational hazards for caregivers working on feet.

Sidestepping healthcare worker flu shot mandates

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 6, 2012

    Should vaccinations against influenza be mandatory for healthcare workers?

Ask the expert: Storing specimens with medications

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 6, 2012

    Q: We are aware that specimens cannot be stored with food, but is it okay to store blood, urine...

Weekly poll: Preferred safety training methods

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 6, 2012

    For your healthcare facility or department, what is your preferred method for staff safety training?

Doctor, don’t dump thyself!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, February 28, 2012

    A doctor in Bonita Springs, FL, disposed of medical waste … the problem is it wasn’t...

Safety officer tip: Play it safe with the general duty clause

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, February 28, 2012

    Sometimes there will be a danger in the workplace that OSHA hasn’t drafted a particular...

Ask the expert: OSHA bloodborne pathogens fines for hospitals

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, February 28, 2012

    Q: In a hospital what is the most frequent OSHA bloodborne pathogens citation and fine?

Weekly poll: Healthcare as a dangerous job

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, February 28, 2012

    Do you consider healthcare jobs as dangerous?

Needlesticks law accounts for drop in injuries

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 21, 2012

    Law and order has led to a decrease in needlestick injuries among hospital workers, according to...

Weekly poll: Progress from Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 21, 2012

    With the report of a 38% decrease in needlesticks, has the passage and enforcement of the...

Ask the expert: Most common OSHA fine for medical practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 21, 2012

    Q: In a medical practice what is the most frequent OSHA citation and fine?

Federal recommendations inch toward mandatory flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 14, 2012

    A federal panel of vaccine advisors has presented to the Department of Health and Human Services...

IAC updates flu shot honor roll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 14, 2012

    The Immunization Action Coalition has added 28 organizations to its Honor Roll for Patient Safety...

Ask the expert: Mandatory flu shots, mask-wearing policies, and HIPAA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 14, 2012

    Q: Our healthcare facility is requiring employees to get the flu shot or they will have to wear a...

Weekly poll: Needlestick safety devices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 14, 2012

    How confident are you that your healthcare facility has considered and provided you with the best...

OSHA adds free online respiratory protection videos

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 7, 2012

    OSHA announced its new respiratory protection video web page, January 31.

Safety officer tip: Enjoy recordkeeping exemptions, while you have them

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 7, 2012

    While hospitals and long-term care facilities are busy this month posting workplace injuries to...

Weekly poll: Safety on Super Bowl Monday

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 7, 2012

    Does Super Bowl Monday affect safety in your healthcare facility or unit?

GHS review delayed

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, January 31, 2012

    The much-anticipated chemical labeling change to the Hazard Communication Standard will take a bit...

Ask the expert: ASC, MSDS, and hazardous drugs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, January 31, 2012

    Q: Is an ambulatory surgery center required to keep an MSDS file for the medications that are used...

Weekly poll: Yes or no on mulitdose vials

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, January 31, 2012

    Do you agree with the AORN recommended practice to discontinue the use of multidose medication...

Study: Workplace exposures put nurses at risk for lost pregnancies

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2012

    Nurses exposed to cancer treatment drugs or chemicals used to sterilize medical devices may be at...

Study: Workplace exposures put nurses at risk for lost pregnancies

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 24, 2012

    A study appearing in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology raises concerns about common...

Editor’s choice: Infection prevention plan for outpatient oncology settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 24, 2012

    A new “plug and play” infection control plan that allows oncology clinics to get up to...

Ask the expert: Top 10 questions for 2011

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 24, 2012

    Want to know about compliance on bloodborne pathogens training, TB skin testing, emergency eyewash...

Weekly poll: Workplace safety and performance evaluations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 24, 2012

    How important is workplace safety in the written performance evaluations for employees in your...

ANA survey: Workplace safer for nurses

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 17, 2012

    A survey by the American Nurses Association shows that overall workplace safety has improved...

Viewing the film Puncture

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 17, 2012

    The needlestick injury film Puncture is availalabe through DVD rental/purchase or online streaming.

Editor’s choice: Responsibility for performing the weekly checks of eyewash stations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 17, 2012

    Check out “In your eyes – the light, the heat … the chemicals?” by Steve...

Ask the expert: Gloves for injections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 17, 2012

    Q: In researching OSHA guidelines, I found that wearing gloves during an injection is not required...

Weekly poll: Workplace safety now and then

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 17, 2012

    Overall, is your healthcare facility a safer place to work than it was 10 year ago?

International study examines infection prevention practices in dental settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 10, 2012

    A study assessing infection prevention practices of dentists in eight countries shows a wide...

Ask the expert: OSHA safety sharps compliance on pre-filled syringes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 10, 2012

    Q: May we use the non-safety needles that come with pre-filled vaccine syringes provided by the...

Weekly poll: The Feds and healthcare worker mandatory flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 10, 2012

    If approved, do think the CDC’s Recommendations on Strategies to Achieve the Healthy People...

OSHA improves the "It’s the Law" poster page

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 3, 2012

    OSHA has improved the Web page where employers go for information about the posting requirements...

Elevators are safe, but caution is still required

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 3, 2012

    It's a question we probably take for granted, but are you exercising safe practices when using an...

Ask the expert: Who does OSHA fine for not using safety needles, the worker or employer?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 3, 2012

    Q: If an employee refuses to use available safety devices, such as safety needles and sharps, who...

Weekly poll: Prediction on bloodborne pathogens exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 3, 2012

    How well will your facility do in preventing occupational bloodborne pathogens exposures in 2012?

Feds asking for healthcare worker flu shot advice

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 55, December 27, 2011

    The US Department of Health and Human Services is asking for comments on a draft guidance for...

Sharp advice for healthcare leaders

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 55, December 27, 2011

    As a subset of safety culture, sharps safety is critical to protecting healthcare workers.

Making the case for nurses getting flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 55, December 27, 2011

    A free, five-minute video makes a compelling case for nurses to receive the influenza...

Ask the expert: Passing the buck and the needle on disposal practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 55, December 27, 2011

    Q: Who is responsible, the dental assistant or dentist, for the disposing of a contaminated needle...

Weekly poll: How well did you do this year?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 55, December 27, 2011

    Just a simple question for the last poll of the year. Given the safety and/or infection prevention...

How the infection prevention Grinch stole Christmas

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 54, December 20, 2011

    At this time of the year it is not just facility safety policies that clash with holiday...

San Diego hospitals pay for unlawful medical waste disposal

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 54, December 20, 2011

    Civil lawsuits against two San Diego hospitals for medical waste disposal violations have been...

Mercury spill closes Ohio clinic

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 54, December 20, 2011

    A mercury spill from a leaking blood pressure cuff closed down a medical clinic in Oregon, OH, on...

Ask the expert: How to dispose of biohazard-labeled specimen bags?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 54, December 20, 2011

    Q: Is it okay with OSHA to dispose of clear plastic specimen bags with a biohazard label as solid...

Weekly poll: Safety and holiday decorations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 54, December 20, 2011

    In your facility this year, did holiday decorations raise any safety or infection control concerns?

Study: Respirator and mask misuse exposed workers to H1N1

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 53, December 13, 2011

    Early in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the absence of or improper use of respirators and masks likely...

More healthcare workers receiving flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 53, December 13, 2011

    It's so far, so good for flu immunizations and healthcare workers this year.

OSHA files whistleblower lawsuit against medical clinic

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 53, December 13, 2011

    When healthcare workers blow the whistle, OSHA has been listening.

Editor’s choice: Puncture brings needlestick safety to the public eye

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 53, December 13, 2011

    The film Puncture offers a mainstream medium for needlestick safety versus manufacturers and...

Ask the expert: Don't go overboard on bloody waste

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 53, December 13, 2011

    Q: Our facility’s phlebotomy supervisor changed all the regular waste receptacles to...

Weekly poll: Following flu shot and mask wearing recommendations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 53, December 13, 2011

    Whether you are looking for a new job or not, given your commitment to occupational safety and...

Recommendations for healthcare personnel immunizations updated

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    For those responsible for ensuring compliance with healthcare worker immunizations, the CDC has...

Shuffling bacteria when shuffling paper

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    While many areas in our lives strive to go paperless, it, meaning paper, is still around, and its...

OSHA picks safe workplace photo winners

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    As part of its 40th anniversary, OSHA has announced the winners of" Picture It! Safe...

Editor’s choice: HCPro announces 2011 Nursing Image Award winners

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    This year's search for nurse leaders and staff who have helped elevate the image of nursing is...

Ask the expert: Ask the expert: Blood on medical records

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    Q: What is your recommendation for dealing with medical records contaminated with dried blood?

Weekly poll: Following flu shot and mask wearing recommendations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    How closely does your facility follow the American Hospital Association's recommendations that...

Nurses bear the brunt of abuse in emergency departments

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, November 29, 2011

    A survey by the Emergency Nurses Association shows that over any seven-day period in 2010, 53% of...

Small practices hardest hit by bloodborne pathogens fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, November 29, 2011

    Here is something that should hit owners of small medical practices in the pocketbook.

Editor’s choice: Requiring masks for healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, November 29, 2011

    The feature article in the November issue of Briefings on Infection Control looks at AHA's...

Ask the expert: TB skin tests and low risk facilities

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, November 29, 2011

    What does OSHA require for testing staff and volunteers for TB? Do they need to be tested yearly or...

Weekly poll: Hand hygiene and glove use

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, November 29, 2011

    In your healthcare facility, how confident are you that staff members adhere to the guidelines of...

Study: Nurse safety linked to patient safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, November 22, 2011

    The safer your healthcare facility is for nurses, the safer it is for patients.

Small practices not immune to OSHA citations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, November 22, 2011

    Three quarters of all medical practice OSHA citations were for facilities with fewer than 20...

Mercury spill closes developmental center

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, November 22, 2011

    Click here for details, including a link to how to respond to mercury spills,

Study: Glove use does not guarantee clean hands

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, November 22, 2011

    A study has found that the gloved hands of healthcare providers may be hazardous to patients.

Ask the expert: Does OSHA allow electronic employee health files?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, November 22, 2011

    Does OSHA allow employee medical records to be maintained electronically?

Weekly poll: Integrating facility, patient and worker safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, November 22, 2011

    How integrated are the facility, patient, and worker safety functions in your healthcare facility?

OSHA initiates national program on safety and health in nursing homes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, November 15, 2011

    Non-fatal occupational injuries among healthcare workers are too high, says OSHA. Nursing homes are...

OSHA Survey: Give us your feedback!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, November 15, 2011

    To ensure that HCPro meets your OSHA compliance and training products and services needs in 2012...

Ask the expert: Must engaged safety needles go into sharps containers?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, November 15, 2011

    Q: Once the safety device is engaged on a contaminated needle, may I dispose of it as red bag waste...

Weekly poll: OSHA and healthcare national emphasis programs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, November 15, 2011

    Are you in favor of more OSHA National Emphasis Programs directed toward healthcare?

OMG! OSHA gives GHS to OMB

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 8, 2011

    OSHA's adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals...

More ambulatory surgery centers taking OSHA hits

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 8, 2011

    Ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) and physician offices are under higher scrutiny from OSHA to...

Ask the expert: Sharps injury log exemption and bloodborne pathogens training

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 8, 2011

    Q: If my company is exempt from recordkeeping because we are considered a low-hazard industry, are...

Weekly poll: Getting a jump on GHS

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 8, 2011

    How would you assess the integrating of the GHS provisions into the hazard communication program at...

OSHA posts resource for respirator use in small businesses

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 1, 2011

    A new publication will help small businesses, such as medical and dental practices, to better...

It’s time for hospitals to address workplace bullying

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 1, 2011

    If you thought bullying was only a problem among teenagers in school settings, think...

Editor’s Choice: Life Safety Code stories and best practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 1, 2011

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, a newsletter for healthcare facility managers, plant operations...

Ask the expert: What occupations are subject to bloodborne pathogens regulations?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 1, 2011

    Q: What healthcare occupations does the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard cover?

Weekly poll: CDC and minimum expectations for outpatient infection control

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 1, 2011

    Does your outpatient setting meet the requirement of having at least one individual with training...

Workplace injuries decrease, but healthcare injury rates still too high

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, October 25, 2011

    Workplace injuries and illnesses are down from last year, but the rates in some sectors such as...

OSHA web page advises on workplace flu prevention

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, October 25, 2011

    OSHA’s updated Seasonal Flu Web page provides basic flu prevention advice for all workplaces...

Editor’s Choice: It’s the season to remind staff about holiday decoration policy rules

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, October 25, 2011

    With Halloween fast approaching, it's time to remind staff about safety compliance with regard to...

Ask the expert: Timing for new employee bloodborne pathogens training

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, October 25, 2011

    Q: What is the timing on training new employees on bloodborne pathogens hazards?

Weekly poll: Injury and illness rates in healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, October 25, 2011

    Do you think the workplace injury and illness rate in healthcare will ever approach the national...

OSHA posts guidance document for laboratory safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, October 18, 2011

    OSHA has added Laboratory Safety Guidance to its laboratory safety web page.

Nurse group praises California lifting law

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, October 18, 2011

    Last week Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury...

Editor’s Choice: Hospitals seeing red, as in more bloodborne pathogens violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, October 18, 2011

    OSHA has hit hospitals with more and higher fines for bloodborne pathogens violations compared to...

Ask the expert: Bloodborne pathogens training records

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, October 18, 2011

    Q: What is the timing on training new employees on bloodborne pathogens hazards?

Weekly poll: Safe patient handling and lifting

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, October 18, 2011

    Do you have a safe patient handling and lifting policy in your healthcare facility?

Study cautions on home scrub laundering

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, October 11, 2011

    A study shows that the newer energy-saver washing machines may not be able to stand up to take-home...

Editor’s Choice: Needlestick hazards in nonhospital settings? Better believe it

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, October 11, 2011

    Despite the volume and complexity of procedures, hospitals don't have a monopoly on needlestick and...

Ask the expert: Laundry and water temperature

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, October 11, 2011

    Q: Are there water temperature requirements for washing linen soiled with blood in healthcare...

Weekly poll: How safe are your home-laundered scrubs?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, October 11, 2011

    How confident are you that laundering your scrubs at home would kill MRSA and other infectious...

NIOSH posts safe patient handling web page

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 4, 2011

    Manually moving and repositioning patients, residents, or clients is the single greatest risk...

Ask the expert: Declining and then accepting the hepatitis B vaccination

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 4, 2011

    Q: If an employee initially declined the hepatitis B vaccination, must the employer make the...

Weekly poll: PPE and one size does not fit all

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 4, 2011

    Given the PPE that you wear on the job, how well does it fit?

OSHA sues dental practice for firing workers voicing safety concerns

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, September 27, 2011

    Capped needles, not capped teeth, has a Beverly, MA, dental practice in whistleblower trouble with...

Mass. reports on healthcare worker flu shot rates

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, September 27, 2011

    The Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services has posted its annual list of healthcare...

OSHA updates whistleblower guidance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, September 27, 2011

    OSHA has updated the guidance document that it uses to investigate cases through the Whistleblower...

Editor’s Choice: Free bedbug advice for healthcare facilities

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, September 27, 2011

    Check out the Briefings on Infection Control article: “Bedbugs: What to do when bedbugs...

Ask the expert: Emergency action plans for small practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, September 27, 2011

    Q: Does a small clinic need a written emergency action plan?

Weekly poll: New hires and hepatitis B protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, September 27, 2011

    When hiring new employees, whether students or long-time healthcare workers, is determining their...

The OSHA man cometh, for nursing homes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, September 20, 2011

    Hazardous work conditions have OSHA targeting nursing homes for inspections this year.

Healthcare workers, here's a contest you don't want to win

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, September 20, 2011

    Healthcare workers, enter this contest for two months paid time off. All you have to do is suffer a...

Welsh workers wailing at Crocs ban

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, September 20, 2011

    It appears that the controversy over Crocs as safe footwear for healthcare workers isn’t just...

News and briefs: New policy statement calls for greater education about liability

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 36, September 20, 2011

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement regarding professional...

Editor’s Choic: Free webcast offered on ending bullying and toxic behavior in nursing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, September 20, 2011

    Join HCPro for a live, free, 60-minute webcast, A Conversation with Kathleen Bartholomew: End...

Ask the expert: Roaming with contaminated sharps

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, September 20, 2011

    Q: For a typical doctor’s office with treatment rooms, we have to leave the treatment room...

Weekly poll: Healthcare workers and the "Contagion" buzz

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, September 20, 2011

    Does the "Contagion" movie Hollywood buzz help or hinder the role of healthcare workers...

Surveyors eyeing eyewash station compliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, September 13, 2011

    An item on eyewash stations in Mac's Safety Space spills over into the OSHA Healthcare Advisor...

Editor’s Choice: Come and get it; fresh data on OSHA violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, September 13, 2011

    The September issue of Medical Environment Update reports on frequent and expensive OSHA fines for...

Ask the expert: Medical waste manifests

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, September 13, 2011

    Q: How long must our practice keep EPA manifests for medical waste?

Weekly poll: Workplace violence prevention in your healthcare facility

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, September 13, 2011

    Will OSHA's issuing of the enforcement directive prompt you to reassess your facility's policy on...

New Jersey, no garden state for bedbugs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 6, 2011

    New Jersey isn’t sleeping tight with bedbugs as the state’s Senate passed a bill...

Study: Patient safety trumps personal safety for motivating hand washing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 6, 2011

    The best way to get healthcare workers to wash their hands is not to scare them about their own...

Weekly poll: Can you pass the "Joisey" bedbug test?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 6, 2011

    Could you show proof of a bedbug extermination plan being in place in your healthcare facility...

Study examines chemotherapy exposures to nurses

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    A study warns that a lack of safety measures with the highly toxic drugs used in chemotherapy is...

Mercury spills still a healthcare hazard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    A Houston-area family medical practice was evacuated when a blood pressure device fell and leaked...

Body scanners bringing fashion and fit to PPE

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    The practicality of custom-tailored isolation gowns may not be right around the corner, but...

Ask the expert: Employer says no to providing free hepatitis B vaccinations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    Q: Are the owners of an assisted living facility required to offer hepatitis B vaccinations free of...

Weekly poll: Will you have more resources for emergency preparedness next year?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    This year, healthcare facilities have already dealt with floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and...

17% of nurses exposed to chemotherapy drugs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 25, 2011

    Nearly 17 percent of nurses who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers reported being...

AHA endorses mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 23, 2011

    The American Hospital Association (AHA) has endorsed mandatory patient safety policies that require...

Study: Hand dermatitis in hospital workers related to job stress

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 23, 2011

    Hand dermatitis is related to job stress such as high job demands and low social support in...

CDC reports on flu vaccination among healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 23, 2011

    Despite recommendations from government agencies, influenza advisory committees, healthcare...

Ask the expert: Daily testing for eyewash stations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 23, 2011

    Q: Does OSHA require daily testing for eyewash stations?

NIOSH posts impact sheet on hazardous drugs in healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 16, 2011

    NIOSH has added hazardous drugs in healthcare to its Impact Sheet web page this month.

Study: Regulations result in decrease in sharps disposal injuries

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 16, 2011

    A study conducted by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of...

Just the facts...just doesn’t work on vaccinations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 16, 2011

    The facts aren't enough to overcome the public's increasing distrust of vaccination programs...

Ask the expert: Locker room showers for emergency exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 16, 2011

    Q: Is it okay to use locker room showers in our ambulatory surgery center for eye exposures to...

Weekly poll: Safety and progressive disciplinary policy

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 16, 2011

    Does your facility have a written progressive disciplinary policy that applies to workplace safety...

PPE pegged as top safety problem

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2011

    A survey of safety professionals found that 89% of respondents have observed workers not wearing...

Notes from the Field: Who gave you that bad advice?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2011

    Safety needles only for HIV and hepatitis patients; wiping and rinsing semi-critical instruments...

AAAHC seeks comment on standards change

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2011

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care is in the process of changing some of its...

Editor’s Choice: United we stand, divided we fall

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2011

    The August issue of Medical Environment Update looks at the importance of establishing a slip...

Ask the expert: Needlesticks and contract employees

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2011

    Q: Who is responsible for the management of a needlestick exposure to a contract employee? A nurse...

Weekly poll: Reacting to flu shot resisters

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2011

    How do you react to healthcare workers who resist mandatory seasonal influenza policies when...

Study: Healthcare students fall short of passing Hep B grade

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 2, 2011

    Healthcare students may be entering their profession not fully protected from one of its deadly...

World Hepatitis Day: Take note of occupational prevention resources

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 2, 2011

    Last week’s World Hepatitis Day, July 28, served as reminder that occupational exposure to...

Free webinar to focus on sharps safety in nonhospital settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center is sponsoring a free webinar on an overlooked...

Study: Clinical and nonclinical workers susceptible to H1N1

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    Nonclinical healthcare workers were just as likely to come down with the flu as were clinical...

Video instructs on safe injection practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    The Immunization Action Coalition is promoting a free video focusing on eliminating unsafe...

Ask the expert: Who pays when a TB skin test isn't possible

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    Q: What is the responsibility for a company to pay for a chest x-ray in place of a PPD for TB...

Weekly poll: Is your boss a champion or nemesis of workplace safety?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    Taking a cue from the film "Horrible Bosses," what role does your boss play in supporting...

NIOSH is all go on STOP STICKS campaign

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 19, 2011

    NIOSH aims to raise awareness among healthcare workers about the dangers of needelsticks and other...

Healthcare tops list of most violent workplaces in Washington state

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 19, 2011

    Nurse's aides are the most violent-prone jobs in Washington state, according to an investigative...

Editor’s Choice: Dental career pains

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 19, 2011

    A recent study showed that dentists suffered a slew of injuries as a result of musculoskeletal...

Ask the expert: Lab coats in labs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 19, 2011

    Q: Where is the OSHA regulation requiring lab coats to be worn in a healthcare laboratory?

Weekly poll: Infection control for outpatient settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 19, 2011

    Do you think that the CDC guide and checklist for Infection Prevention in Outpatient Settings...

OSHA drills dentist in whistleblower check-up

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 12, 2011

    An OSHA whistleblower investigation has a dentist squirming in the regulatory exam chair, so to...

Brooklyn medical center tagged for asbestos hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 12, 2011

    OSHA inspected a medical center in Brooklyn, NY, and issued $48,000 in proposed fines.

Stakeholders to convene on infectious disease standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 12, 2011

    In the Federal Register, OSHA published notice of two stakeholder meetings on July 29 to gather...

Editor’s Choice: Aye-aye on eyewash station compliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 12, 2011

    The July issue of Medical Environment Update takes a look at the basics for emergency eyewash...

Ask the expert: Frequency of TB skin tests

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 12, 2011

    Q: How often should employees in healthcare settings have a PPD after the baseline test when they...

Weekly poll: OSHA and whistleblower protection awareness

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 12, 2011

    How would you rate management's knowledge/awareness of the Whistleblower Protection Act in your...

Resident docs and nurses need adequate sleep to work safely

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    Although rules to limit work hours for first-year residents will soon go into effect, a group of...

OSHA goes interactive with recordkeeping rule tool

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    Ever have those what-if questions concerning whether an injury is recordable for OSHA purposes?

Vital stats: Weather-related emergency action plans and evacuations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    A recent OSHA Healthcare Advisor weekly poll asked: Drills not included, has your healthcare...

Editor’s Choice: Top OSHA compliance and infection control training tools

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    One of the most popular features of HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor is the Tools page, which...

Ask the expert: When in doubt--or ignorant--blame it on OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    Q: Is it an OSHA regulation that a carry-out coffee with a lid on the container cannot be brought...

Weekly poll: To sleep, perchance to dream

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    Regardless of whether you have ever worked extended shifts, have you ever felt your personal safety...

OSHA proposes recordkeeping changes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 28, 2011

    OSHA is proposing a change that will require employers to report within eight hours all...

Tornado safety advice from OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 28, 2011

    A new OSHA web page emphasizes both preparedness and response in protecting workers from tornado...

OSHA advises on protecting teen workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 28, 2011

    OSHA reminds employers that its standards afford protection to temporary summer employees, many of...

Q&A: OSHA and baby-proof electrical outlets

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 28, 2011

    Q: Does OSHA mandate electrical covers (baby proofing) in all patient areas? Ours is a pediatric...

Nominate a star for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 28, 2011

    Nominations are open for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards, which honor nurses whose leadership...

Napa hospital continues to collect workplace violence fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 21, 2011

    Napa State Hospital seems to be a magnet for fines from regulators for workplace...

Safety audits now fair game for OSHA inspectors

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 21, 2011

    According to a recent district court ruling, OSHA investigators can subpoena a company’s...

Who was that masked man? Somebody without a flu shot

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 21, 2011

    Requiring workers who decline flu shots to wear masks from November through March is credited with...

Q&A: Food, specimens, and refrigerators

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 21, 2011

    Q: What would be the OSHA fine for storing workers' food in the same refrigerator as medications...

OSHA slaps VA center with 33 violations, zero dollars in fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    OSHA has issued 33 safety and health violations to a veterans health care center in North Chicago...

Comparing states on flu shot coverage

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    A CDC report shows how states compared on vaccination coverage for last year’s flu season and...

Editor's Choice: OSHA and PPE compliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    The June issue of Medical Environment Update takes a close look at OSHA’s new directive that...

Q&A: OSHA, Yes or no on mandatory flu shots?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    Q: What is OSHA’s position on mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers?

Weekly poll: Reaching the flu shot goal

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    By 2020, will the U.S. meet the CDC’s Healthy People influenza vaccination rate target of 80...

Survey shows worldwide noncompliance for hand hygiene

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 7, 2011

    A survey distributed globally by the World Health Organization found that nearly 50% of healthcare...

Editor's Choice: Safety considerations or cosmetics, etc.

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 7, 2011

    Read what Terry Jo Gile, the Safety Lady, says about safe lab work practices that can get...

Q&A: Sharps disposal containers on carts

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 7, 2011

    Q: Are there compliance issues with placing a sharps disposal container on top of a mobile blood...

Weekly poll: Germ-ridden cell phones and safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 7, 2011

    Is cell phone usage a detriment to patient and worker safety in your healthcare facility?

Preventing violence against ED nurses

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    "Imagine if every time you came to work, there was a pretty good chance you would face a...

Drinking on the job? No, just practicing hand hygiene compliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer can increase alcohol levels in the bloodstream if it’s...

Editor’s Choice: You don’t have an emergency action plan?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    Emergency action plans aren’t just for hospitals. OSHA requires them for many businesses.

Weekly poll: Weather-related emergency action plans and evacuations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    Drills not included, has your healthcare facility ever had to actually initiate an emergency action...

Study finds sharps protection program reduces injuries

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 24, 2011

    A five-year study has found that sharps with engineered sharps injury protections reduced the risk...

OSHA photo contest to develop workplace safety awareness

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 24, 2011

    As part of celebrating its 40th year in existence, OSHA is sponsoring Picture It!: Safe Workplaces...

Q&A: Squeezing out blood after a needlestick

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 24, 2011

    Q: What is the recommendation for staff following a needlestick?

Weekly poll: Workplace safety and health achievements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 24, 2011

    What has been the most important occupational health and safety improvement in your workplace in...

No violations found in incident involving heavy equipment that injured two

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 69, May 19, 2011

    OSHA found no violations in an incident at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL...

Weekly Poll: Opinion on healthcare facilities with serious OSHA violations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 69, May 19, 2011

    HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor reported last week that an assisted living facility was fined...

OSHA adds injury and illness prevention programs web page

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 17, 2011

    In keeping with the high priority that OSHA places on establishing an injury and illness prevention...

New Jersey does its thing for illegal medical waste dumping

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 17, 2011

    Here’s a “Jersey thing” that shouldn’t be limited to just the Garden State.

Q&A: What, no gloves needed in blood donation centers?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 17, 2011

    Q: A sign on the wall of a blood bank says, “Gloves are not required when drawing blood. If...

Weekly poll: Reaction to healthcare facilities with OSHA violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 17, 2011

    Does a report of serious OSHA violations at a healthcare facility affect whether you would seek...

$72,000 in needlestick violations sting assisted living facility

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 10, 2011

    An OSHA inspection hit an Illinois assisted living facility with citations totaling $72,000. The...

Editor’s Choice: First aid training for workers in medical practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 10, 2011

    This month’s issue of Medical Environment Update takes a close look at first aid programs for...

Q&A: Safety officer qualifications

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 10, 2011

    Q: What qualification does OSHA require to be the safety officer in a healthcare facility?

Weekly poll: Yes or no on powdered and latex gloves?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 10, 2011

    What is your reaction to Public Citizen's recent petitioning of the FDA to ban the use of powdered...

Editor’s Choice: How to meet OSHA's employee training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 3, 2011

    Are you drawing a blank on OSHA training requirements, such as who needs training and how often?

Q&A: Checking portable fire extinguishers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 3, 2011

    Q: Does OSHA require a monthly check of portable fire extinguishers?

Weekly Poll: "Apping" away at work

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 3, 2011

    How common is the use of smartphone or mobile application technology in the healthcare workplace...

Hazardous drug exposures: It’s not just an oncology-nursing issue

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    The occupational dangers from hazardous drugs in oncology have received lots of media attention...

Editor’s Choice: Workers’ Memorial Day

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to recognize the sacrifice of workers who died or...

Q&A: Transporting blood and urine samples

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    Q: Do blood and urine samples need to be in a biohazard bag when transported either by hand, on a...

Weekly Poll: Future regulations on hazardous drugs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    With OSHA, NIOSH and the Joint Commission recently warning healthcare facilities about protecting...

Mac’s Safety Space: Transporting blood and urine samples

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 65, April 21, 2011

    Q: A question about transporting blood and urine samples. Do the samples need to be in a biohazard...

Washington first state to pass hazardous drug exposure laws

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 19, 2011

    Washington Governor Chris Gregoire on April 13 signed into law two bills to protect healthcare...

CDC sets guidelines for lab competencies

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 19, 2011

    The CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories issued Guidelines for Biosafety...

Weekly Poll: Would your facility pass an infection control inspection?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 19, 2011

    If a state health department inspector appeared at your facility today, could you pass inspection?

Healthcare employers warned of hazardous drug risks

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    OSHA, NIOSH and the Joint Commission have issued a letter to hospitals and healthcare employers...

NIOSH report examines flu in dental practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    NIOSH has released a Health Hazard Evaluation report that examined the danger of H1N1 flu...

Editor’s Choice: Quick guide to fire protection systems

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    Read the second part of a series on fire safety from the Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Third...

Q&A: Home care and hepatitis B and TB protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    Q: In home care, are nurses and other staff providing care to patients in their homes required to...

Weekly Poll: Reviewing safety sharps technology

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    How well does your organization comply with the section of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard to...

California hospitals would be required to tighten security if new bill passes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    A California bill was given preliminary approval that would require workers to report violence in...

Editor’s Choice: Annual sharps evaluation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    This month’s issue of Medical Environment Update takes a close look at the OSHA compliance...

Q&A: Used sharps under lock and key

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    Q: In our medical practice, when sharps containers are full, they are taken to a storeroom to be...

Weekly Poll: Anesthesia and drug security

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    How confident are you about preventing unauthorized access to anesthesia or controlled substances...

Hospital worker dies of anesthetic overdose

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    A Pittsburgh area hospital worker was found dead in a storage closet next to a bottle of inhalant...

Editor’s Choice: Before you extinguish, classify

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    Read the first part of a series on fire safety from the Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Third...

Q&A: Eyewash stations and expectorating the unexpected

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    Q: Are hospitals required to have eyewash stations in areas where patients are cared for? I work at...

Weekly Poll: Exposure risks as healthcare worker or patient

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    You know that as a healthcare worker, your risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, such as...

PA healthcare workers may get more protection from workplace violence

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    Pennsylvania is following the lead of other states by considering legislation aimed at preventing...

Docs dinged for dirty practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    Patient exposures from contaminated devices and substandard work practices, especially in...

Q&A: Anti-fatigue floor mats

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    Q: I cannot find any OSHA standards regarding the use of anti-fatigue floor mats. Are there any...

Weekly Poll: Healthcare workers and penalties for exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    A bill proposed in the New York state legislature would make it a felony for healthcare workers if...

Editor’s Choice: Designing an all-new laboratory for safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 21, 2011

    Read what Terry Jo Gile, the Safety Lady, says about safety considerations and requirements for new...

Hospital fined for lack of workplace violence protection

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 60, March 17, 2011

    OSHA fined Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream, NY, $4,500 for failing to protect its...

Dentists due for bloodborne pathogens compliance check up

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    In the future, OSHA might be poking around more dental practices as a result of the NIOSH...

Singing (literally) about hazard communication

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    Thanks to a Canadian safety officer you can now spice up your hazard communication training by...

Editor’s choice: OSHA and hazard communication changes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    The feature article for the March issue of Medical Environment Update looks at how the upcoming...

Q&A: Confined space hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    Q: Does our medical practice need a policy on confined space safety? I read about OSHA penalizing...

Weekly Poll: Protection from chemical hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 15, 2011

    With NIOSH conducting an extensive survey of healthcare workers on exposure to chemical agents, how...

NIOSH survey focuses on chemical hazards in healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 8, 2011

    Concerned about exposure to chemical hazards in your healthcare facility?NIOSH is, too.

Children's hospital gets timeout for OSHA violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 8, 2011

    California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) fined Children’s...

Q&A: Soiled utility sinks and sprayers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 8, 2011

    Q: Do you know whether it is against OSHA regulations to have a sprayer on a soiled utility sink...

Weekly Poll: Wearing scrubs outside of the hospital

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 8, 2011

    The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths in New York City suggests hospitals start banning workers...

Emergency nurses offer workplace violence prevention tool

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 1, 2011

    The Emergency Nurses Association released a toolkit to help facilities develop a comprehensive plan...

Q&A: Close encounters with sharps containers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 1, 2011

    Q: Are there guidelines for the distance a sharps container should be from where the sharp is used...

Q&A: Close encounters with sharps containers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 1, 2011

    Q: Are there guidelines for the distance a sharps container should be from where the sharp is used...

Weekly Poll: PABR use for respiratory protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 1, 2011

    In addition to N95 respirators, OSHA’s “Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers...

OSHA issues enforcement guidance on PPE

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    As of February 10, OSHA inspectors have new guidance on how and when to cite employers for personal...

Hospital cited for hefty electrical violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    OSHA hit Northeast Hospital Corp., Beverly, MA, with $63,000 in fines.

Editor’s Choice: Brushing up on emergency showers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    Read what Terry Jo Gile, the Safety Lady, says about safety showers in laboratories and tips for...

Q&A: Candles in a medical office

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    Q: What does OSHA say about prohibiting candles in a doctor’s office?

Weekly Poll: OSHA as job killer

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    The proposed OSHA budget has generated a spirited give and take between the agency’s director...

Massachusetts facility fined for electrical safety issues

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 56, February 17, 2011

    Northeast Hospital Corp., located in Beverly, MA, is facing a $63,000 fine after an investigation...

OSHA posts online video for respirators in healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    OSHA has made available a new video for respirator use by healthcare workers.

Patients need testing due to dentist’s shoddy infection control practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    The Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital will provide hepatitis and HIV testing to 553...

Editor’s Choice: More on sterile processing training

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    In her “Sterile Matters” feature, OSHA Healthcare Advisor blogger Michele DeMeo writes...

Q&A: Sharps containers in exam rooms

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    Q: Do sharps disposal containers have to be in each individual exam room or can we have one at the...

Weekly Poll:What’s your confidence level in protecting from pertussis?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    The Joint Commission released a monograph that explained how healthcare professionals are more...

APIC: Make flu shots a condition of employment

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology is now recommending that...

Marriage status, education, age predict vaccination rates among healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    As healthcare workers go: if you’re married, you probably received a flu shot; if highly...

Editor’s Choice: What might OSHA have planned for you in 2011?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    The feature article for the February issue of Medical Environment Update reports on what OSHA has...

Q&A: Face protection for IV starts

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    Q: Is eye and face protection the standard for starting IVs in a surgery center?

Weekly Poll: Uniforms and safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    The report of a German dental practice’s resorting to sexy uniforms to allay patient...

OSHA fines Maine hospital for workplace violations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 54, February 3, 2011

    OSHA fined a Maine psychiatric hospital $11,700 last month for failing to provide its employees...

Mac’s Safety Space: Fire alarm standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 54, February 3, 2011

    Q: It has long been understood that the EOC standards allowed for actual fire alarms to be counted...

OSHA cites Maine hospital for workplace violence problems

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    Acadia Hospital in Bangor, ME, received a citation from OSHA for allegedly not providing adequate...

Editor’s Choice: Have you done your annual sharps evaluation?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    Read OSHA consultant Kathy Rooker’s “Notes from the field” post on sharps...

Q&A: Gloves and blood draws

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    Q: Does OSHA mandate that disposable gloves are required for blood draws? If so, where is the...

Weekly Poll: The Big Brother approach to hand hygiene

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 1, 2011

    Given the example of the sensor-activated, badge-indicating, hand hygiene monitoring system in the...

State considers law to protect workers from chemotherapy hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    Washington state legislators will introduce a bill affording healthcare workers greater protection...

Gas cylinder suspected in dental lab explosion

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    An explosion in a dental laboratory that injured 12 British workers is a reminder to be vigilant in...

Editor's Choice: Save time with this tip on OSHA injury log posting exemptions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    If your healthcare workplace is not a hospital or nursing care facility, there is a good chance you...

Q&A: Needlesticks and employee health insurance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    Q: In the event of a needlestick, can our practice send an employee to his or her personal doctor...

Toolkit prepares nursing homes for influenza pandemic

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    A new tool created by the New Jersey Hospital Association will help nursing homes deal with an...

Q&A: Using a generic MSDS

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    Q: We changed to a different manufacturer for the purchase of isopropyl rubbing alcohol in our...

Weekly Poll: Do you provide slip, trip, fall prevention training?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    Slips, trips and falls (STF) are “the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries in...

NIOSH offers slip, trip, and fall prevention advice to healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    NIOSH has just released a user guide on slip, trip, and fall (STF) prevention specific to...

Eight steps to keep the flu bug from joining your workplace

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    Concern about employees bringing influenza into the workplace isn’t just a matter for the...

Editor’s Choice: Expert views on needlestick prevention

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    The feature article for the January issue of Medical Environment Update reports on a gathering of...

Q&A: Squeeze bottles as emergency eyewash stations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    Q: We are establishing a chemotherapy suite for our practice. Are the portable squeeze bottle...

Weekly Poll: New technology and its effect on your safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    When new technology is introduced into your work routine, do you ever question the possibility of...

NIOSH study to examine aerosol transmission of flu

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    Remember all the concern during last year’s flu pandemic about the possibility of airborne...

Disinfectant fog is not your friend

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    New infection-control technology had unintended consequences for New Jersey emergency medical...

Editor’s Choice: Most popular posts for 2010

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    Curious as to what you and other readers found to be the most informative, entertaining, or...

Q&A: Sharps training vs. sharps evaluation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    Q: I know that annual training is required per the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard, but what is...

Weekly Poll: Working when ill

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    A survey done by Halls, the cough drop maker, found that economic considerations play a significant...

Study investigates how healthcare workers caught H1N1

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 28, 2010

    An investigation of confirmed cases of H1N1 among healthcare workers (HCW) during the 2009-2010...

What OSHA has planned for you

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 28, 2010

    OSHA released its semiannual regulatory agenda in the December 20 Federal Register, and some of the...

Q&A: Express lanes for N95 fit testing?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 28, 2010

    Q: I find that yearly fit testing is very expensive, time consuming, and seems like overkill. If we...

Weekly Poll: How was your workplace safety program this year?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 28, 2010

    Looking back over 2010 last year, how would you assess the effectiveness of your workplace safety...

Judge rules that worker must abide by mandatory flu shot policy

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 21, 2010

    Healthcare workers resisting mandatory flu shot policies by employers lost ground recently when a...

California considers bill to increase hospital security

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 21, 2010

    California hospitals may be seeing an increase in safety and security measures after two healthcare...

Editor’s Choice: Lifting hazards in ambulatory settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 21, 2010

    Ambulatory settings present just as many challenges as inpatient or long-term care settings, such...

Q&A: Recordkeeping for labs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 21, 2010

    Q: Is our physician-owned lab exempt from keeping the OSHA 300 log or just from posting it?

Weekly Poll: Accept or reject mandatory flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 21, 2010

    With a judge finding in favor of a hospital requiring flu immunizations for all workers and against...

Needlesticks make 2011 top 10 hazard list

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 14, 2010

    The ECRI Institute ranks needlesticks as eighth on its list of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for...

Editor’s Choice: Fighting for the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 14, 2010

    The December issue of Medical Environment Update features an interview with Karen Daley, PhD, MPH...

Q&A: What about a note from my doctor to allow drinking beverages at work?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 14, 2010

    Q: We are not allowed to drink beverages at the front desk to our dental practice because of...

Napa State Hospital security back in the spotlight

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 7, 2010

    A new question regarding security is arising in the October 23 alleged murder of a Napa State...

Editor’s Choice: Does your lab coat pass the test?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 7, 2010

    Terry Jo Gile, the Safety Lady, answers questions about lab coat water repellency and hydrostatic...

Q&A: Employers who think they are exempt from OSHA standards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 7, 2010

    Q: The administrator at our not-for-profit long-term care facility says that it is not regulated by...

Weekly Poll: So you've witnessed an unsafe injection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 7, 2010

    If you as a patient or staff member saw a healthcare professional following unsafe injection...

Dozens suspended after employees refuse flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    The Abington Health System in Pennsylvania has suspended more than four dozen employees without pay...

Infection control lapses point to worker meningitis infections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    The CDC says that a lack of communication and inadequate infection control practices probably...

Editor's Choice: Scrooge checklist and decorations policy

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    As safety officer, do you need to don your Scrooge costume to ensure that the holiday decorations...

Q&A: More on not removing safety needles

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    Q: I understand from a previous Q&A not to remove contaminated needles, but that doesn’t...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Automated external defibrillators

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    The FDA is looking to improve the performance of automated external defibrillators (AED). Is AED...

Security guards complain; hospital gets dinged

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 23, 2010

    State OSHA officials cited a Seattle hospital for failing to provide security guards with the...

What do Washington state hospitals know that other hospitals don’t?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 23, 2010

    Ninety-four of Washington state’s 98 hospitals have adopted policies requiring workers to get...

Editor’s Choice: Workers’ hazards in nursing homes and psychiatric units

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 23, 2010

    Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show that nursing homes and psychiatric units are the most...

Q&A: Pardon my exclamation, but DON"T REMOVE DIRTY NEEDLES!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 23, 2010

    Q: It has been standard procedure in our small medical practice to remove contaminated needles from...

ACGME opposes OSHA scrutiny on resident physician hours

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    The organization which evaluates and accredits U.S. medical residency programs wants OSHA to keep...

Physician organization joins the mandatory flu shot list

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    The American College of Physicians updated its position on flu vaccinations for healthcare workers.

Editor’s Choice: Let’s get the patient to pay for some of the needlestick cost

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    Healthcare is a business, but charging the source patient for a needlestick cost is unconscionable.

Q&A: Bloodborne pathogens fines in hospitals

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    Q: Thanks for providing OSHA violation and fine data for medical and dental practices, but what do...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: OSHA and resident physicians’ hours

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 16, 2010

    Are the hours that resident physicians work a valid concern for OSHA? Take the OSHA Healthcare...

The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act at the 10-year mark

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    It’s been 10 years since President Clinton signed the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act...

NY law makes violence against nurses a felony

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    Handling difficult patients is expected by those going into the nursing profession, but most...

Is a baseball bat part of your workplace violence prevention program?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    On a recent inspection, OSHA consultant Kathy Rooker, Columbus Healthcare & Safety Consultants...

Editor's Choice: Wasting away in regulated medical waste land

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    Many OSHA and safety officers in small healthcare facilities are saddled with regulated medical...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Needlestick legislation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    You have now had 10 years of experience in complying with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention...

Workplace violence issues continue to plague healthcare facilities

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, November 2, 2010

    Napa (CA) State Hospital workers are worried about the hospital’s security policies after a...

Hospital fined by OSHA for safety violations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 28, 2010

    Oregon State Hospital in Salem, OR, was fined by OSHA after failing to give staff members...

Nursing homes will attract OSHA inspections this year

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    OSHA has placed nursing and personal care facilities on its list of high hazard workplaces for...

Q&A: Dr. OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    Q: When OSHA insists on the use of safety needles and scalpels, isn't it overstepping its authority...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: What if the bedbugs were biting in your facility?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    There have been more and more reports about bedbugs, even in healthcare.

Drug- and alcohol-related ED visits increase the risk for violence in healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    There is one indisputable fact regarding hospital security: ED workers and behavioral health...

Supreme Court to examine vaccination company protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    A lawsuit filed against pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme...

Editor’s Choice: Safe handling of radioactive lab samples

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP), MA Ed. (aka The Safety Lady), presents a case study and lessons learned...

Q&A: HBV vaccination and immunity

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    Q: If a healthcare worker did not have titer drawn after the hepatitis B vaccination (HBV), how...

OSHA inspections and small medical practices

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, October 14, 2010

    Just because you have a small practice doesn’t mean OSHA inspectors won’t come calling...

Cashier to hospital: No on flu shot; see you in court

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    Taking exception to a mandatory flu shot policy, a hospital cafeteria cashier filed a lawsuit...

Global Handwashing Day strives to raise awareness on October 15

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    Washing our hands with soap and water has always been the most effective way to avoid infectious...

Editor’s choice: Scoping out endoscope challenges

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    Endoscopes are challenging to clean and disinfect. In fact, they are among the most difficult...

Q&A: A lot of fit-testing questions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    Q: Where does someone get training for fit testing?

CDC: Yes on face masks for worker flu protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 5, 2010

    The CDC issued revised recommendations changing the level of respiratory protection for healthcare...

Care providers at serious risk

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 5, 2010

    The Baltimore Sun reports that according to a federal labor report, healthcare workers are four...

Editor’s choice: Getting physicians trained on OSHA bloodborne pathogens

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 5, 2010

    Training physicians in your practice is not only a requirement; it can be a challenge, too.

Q&A: Retaining old MSDSs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 5, 2010

    Q: How long do you have to keep material safety data sheets (MSDS) for products no longer used in...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Change to face mask protection from flu

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 5, 2010

    What is your reaction to the change in the CDC influenza protection recommendation to use face...

BLS analyzes safety data in healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 28, 2010

    The majority of all assaults on persons in the workplace (59%) occurred in healthcare settings in...

3M contest wants your IC video

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 28, 2010

    Got a video, three minutes or less, on innovative IC practices? 3M Corp. wants videos for its...

Editor’s choice: Wiping out a surveyor’s MSDS Wite-Out mistake

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 28, 2010

    Steve MacArthur, safety consultant at The Greeley Company, writes about when Joint Commission...

Q&A: OSHA inspections and small medical practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 28, 2010

    Q: I'm taking over OSHA compliance for our medical practice and the previous safety officer is...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Probable OSHA violations in my facility

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 28, 2010

    A report obtained by Medical Environment Update shows bloodborne pathogens and hazard communication...

Editor’s choice: Doctor, please, say no more!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2010

    “The physician said in a loud voice that he did not get additional reimbursement to cover the...

Q&A: OSHA fines; follow the money

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2010

    Q: When OSHA cites a business, does the fine go to OSHA for operating expenses?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Exposed on the exposure control plan

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 21, 2010

    A report obtained by Medical Environment Update shows that exposure control plan issues are the...

OSHA report reveals fines for medical and dental practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2010

    The September issue of Medical Environment Update gets down to the nitty-gritty of frequent and...

Healthcare safety officers: Give us your feedback!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2010

    As a healthcare safety officer your feedback is an essential ingredient in making our safety books...

Q&A: Who pays for the HBV titer?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2010

    Q: Must the employer pay for the titer that comes after the hepatitis B vaccination?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: False assumptions about OSHA inspections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 37, September 14, 2010

    A recent Ask the Expert post addressed the false assumption that small medical practices are exempt...

OSHA concerned about resident physician working hours

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    OSHA may come to the aid of overworked resident physicians.

Endoscopes on top of health hazard list

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    Flexible endoscopes have topped the list of the biggest health hazards, according to the ECRI...

Editor’s Choice: Blood in the lab

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP), MA Ed. (aka The Safety Lady) presents a case study from The Complete Guide...

Q&A: Why the mulligan for the hepatitis B vaccination?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    Q: What is the reason for having to re-administer the hepatitis B vaccination when a worker fails...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Is OSHA getting tougher on enforcement?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    An examination of the types of OSHA news releases posted by the Bush administration compared to...

ANA recognizes those who also get shot?as in flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    Recognizing the important part that nurses play in promoting immunizations, the American Nurses...

Simple reminders can save your team from needlesticks

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    We all know the basics, from no re-capping of needles to using puncture proof/sharps approved...

Editor’s Choice: Universal gloving could be viable alternative for contact precautions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    A study published in the May Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that a universal...

Q&A: Where is the regulation for annual fit testing?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    Q: Where might I find the literature that indicates that the N95 mask must be fitted on every...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Flu shot role models

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    How would you stack up as a role model for immunization safety in your healthcare facility? This...

Seeing is achieving with hand sanitizers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    Out of sight means of mind when it comes to locating hand sanitizers.

Latex, latex everywhere. Check the latest FDA warning.

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    A recent FDA letter concerning latex-containing caps on GlaxoSmithKline Fluarix prefilled syringes...

Editor’s Choice: Cola and chemicals don’t mix, especially in the lab

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    You've probably heard it before: Food and drink do not belong in the lab. Read how a can of cola...

Q&A: Fines for not using safety needles

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    Q: Is the use of safety needles optional in a group medical practice, or must the employer require...

OSHA seeks input on chemical safety

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    Since OSHA was first established in 1970, many of the adopted permissible exposure limits (PELs...

Nurses concerned about emergency department violence

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 17, 2010

    An August 10 article published by the msnbc.com indicates that violence against nurses and other...

Editor’s Choice: Keep your lungs happy when using chemicals

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 17, 2010

    Every day healthcare workers have the potential of becoming exposed to chemical vapors with harmful...

AHA goes thumbs down on a new OSHA standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 10, 2010

    The American Hospital Association submitted a comment to OSHA recommending that the agency not...

Q&A: The Fewer-than-10 rule and OSHA exemptions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 10, 2010

    Q: Our medical practice has fewer than 10 workers. Aren’t there some OSHA standards that we...

Fire safety training goes digital

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2010

    A medical center in South Carolina uses digital flames to instruct fire safety.

CDC posts 2010 flu shot guidelines from ACIP

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices published flu-shot recommendations for the...

Gloving is good, but why?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    You’ve “gotta” love the glove if you are at risk to needlestick exposures.

Editor’s Choice: New resource for OSHA healthcare compliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    A new book published by HCPro, OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities, nicely complements...

Q&A: X-rays for TB screening

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    Q: How often do you need a chest x-ray if you test positive to TB? A staff physician believes he...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: A patch for flu vaccinations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    A post last week on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor informed of the possibility of using microneedles...

Study shows surgical teams still at risk for accidental sharps injuries

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    It’s time for hospitals to adopt preventive measures to protect all the members of surgical...

Tip of the week: MSDSs and employee training for chemical hazards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, July 29, 2010

    Chemicals are a fact of life in the 21st century. Medical settings abound with chemicals for...

IDSA to CDC: Make flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 27, 2010

    The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) has called on the CDC to take a strong stand in...

Second-class safeguards for U.S. healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 27, 2010

    It seems that in some places, the world has passed the U.S. by in protecting healthcare workers...

Editor’s Choice: "Doctor, what is that in your hand?"

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 27, 2010

    Read the OSHA Healthcare Advisor “Notes from the filed post” to find out why this...

Q&A: MSDS for office products

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 27, 2010

    Q: When reading the Wite-Out®, label it states that it is flammable. Doesn’t this mean I...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Workplace violence prevention standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 27, 2010

    The blog post, “Hospital slapped for with workplace violence citation,” drew lots of...

Hospital cited for workplace violence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 22, 2010

    An inspection prompted by an employee complaint led OSHA to cite Danbury (CT) Hospital for...

The hazards of handling 'chemo' drugs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 20, 2010

    That life-saving drugs for patients also pose life-threatening hazards for healthcare workers, was...

Hospital cited for workplace violence prevention shortcomings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 20, 2010

    OSHA has cited a hospital for failing to provide its employees with adequate safeguards against...

Q&A: Reusing biohazard specimen transport bags

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 20, 2010

    Q: Is it OK to reuse biohazard specimen bags if they are not contaminated?

Editor’s Choice: Needlestick prevention advocacy

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 19, 2010

    Many times needlestick stories don't have such positive endings.

When more isn't always better with disinfection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    The saying "more isn’t always better" is true in the case of detergents and...

Q&A: Safety needle use exceptions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    Q: What reasons are acceptable to OSHA for not using a safety needle?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Is this the year you implement mandatory flu shots?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    Pandemic anxiety has subsided considerably from last year making this flu season a good opportunity...

AMA worried if your lab coat is safe, for you and patients

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    At its annual meeting, the American Medical Association recently announced plans to conduct formal...

Simple steps can avoid computer vision syndrome

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    Computer vision syndrome results from spending a large amount of time working at a computer...

Editor's Choice: OSHA's proposed infectious diseases standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, July 6, 2010

    The feature topic in the July issue of Medical Environment Update looks at the possibility of an...

Q&A: Is a hazardous substance list necessary?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    Q: Must a medical practice create a list of all hazardous substances used in the workplace? It...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Laboratory standards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    Lab safety officers have the difficult job of adhering to multiple standards from various agencies...

California hospital hit with major fine for violating the ATD standard

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    A California hospital was hit with a fine in April for violations of the state’s aerosol...

Comment period opens for updated CDC influenza guidelines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    The CDC released a draft of the updated influenza guidelines for public comment.

NIOSH posts Spanish-language guidance for safe lifting in nursing homes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    NIOSH recently posted the Spanish version of “Safe Lifting and Movement of Nursing Home...

Q&A: What does OSHA mean by annual training?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    Q: What does OSHA mean by annual training—every 12 months or within each calendar year?

Editor's Choice: Engagement ring and sharps container

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

    Can you think of anything worse than dropping a personal item into the sharps container? It’s...

Weekly poll: Flu guidelines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2010

     This week’s poll wants to know.  

Ambulatory surgery centers still drawing attention on infection control lapses

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2010

    A study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association has garnered...

NIOSH advises on protection for first responders

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2010

    First responders are at a heightened risk of workplace exposures especially from bloodborne...

Q&A: Beware of packages containing nonsafety needles

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2010

    Q: What are the OSHA rules/guidelines when someone other than the employer provides noncompliant...

Mandatory flu shots: How two healthcare systems found success

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2010

    Every year, medical facilities plead with employees to get their annual influenza vaccinations...

Q&A: Short answers to frequent questions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2010

    Not interested in long-winded answers for frequent OSHA compliance questions covering student...

Don’t put your lab at risk; check on proper PPE use

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    In your laboratories, lab coats and other personal protective equipment (PPE) keep staff members...

Hospital Safety Center June 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Hospital safety notebook: FDA approves new Steris System 1 alternative

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    The FDA has approved a new alternative system to the Steris System 1 (SS1) processor—which...

TB precautions for volunteers, students, and contract workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 1, 2010

    Assessing the need for and providing tuberculin skin tests (TST) in healthcare facilities is...

Q&A: Keeping the lid on won?t placate OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 1, 2010

    Q: If I have a lid on the container, is it okay to drink beverages at the nurses&rsquo...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 1, 2010

    If an OSHA inspector walked through your door right now, what is the likelihood he/she would find...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 1, 2010

    If an OSHA inspector walked through your door right now, what is the likelihood he/she would find...

Got a beef about bloodborne pathogens? Here’s a soapbox

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    OSHA is conducting an assessment of the bloodborne pathogens standard, which has been in place...

Q&A: Why a second shot for hepatitis B vaccination non-responders?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    Q: When a newly hired healthcare worker does not respond to the hepatitis B vaccination series, why...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    A post on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor last week used a Groucho Marx quote to describe how a VA...

Editor’s Choice: Mandatory flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    The feature topic in the May issue of Medical Environment Update looks at flu shot policies and how...

Time to speak up on OSHA's proposed infectious disease standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    As reported last week, OSHA is considering an infectious disease standard, and it looks as if there...

Q&A: Hazardous drug MSDS file

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    Q: For my material safety data sheet (MSDS) files, I separate chemicals from the injectable...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    Does a court’s decision to uphold per-instance PPE fines for egregious OSHA violators have...

Is an infectious disease standard next on OSHA's list?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    Looks as if OSHA isn’t just focusing on aerosol transmissible disease for new regulations...

OSHA issues Spanish-language enforcement directive

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    OSHA has now issued the Spanish language enforcement directive concerning employee training that...

Q&A: Booties and masks in the cafeteria

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    Q: Would wearing surgical booties and masks in the cafeteria be an OSHA violation?  

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    Would you be opposed to, or in favor of an OSHA infectious disease standard? This week’s poll...

Hospital Safety Center May 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

State OSHA agency fines hospital for alleged H1N1 slips

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    On January 29, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, received a citation and an $8,000 fine...

Ideas on how to discipline workers for OSHA violations

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Safety officers must be prepared to appropriately approach employees who don’t adhere to OSHA...

Tip of the month: FDA warns of StatSpin centrifuge problems

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    The FDA has alerted hospitals that a specific model of StatSpin® centrifuges has an alleged...

OSHA indicates more activity coming for infectious disease protection

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    OSHA isn’t focusing on just aerosol transmissible disease for new regulations; instead it is...

Court supports stiff fines for egregious OSHA violators

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    A decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld OSHA’s...

Hospital hit with $100K-plus Cal/OSHA violation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    In a major application of California’s aerosol transmissible disease standard, Cal/OSHA fined...

Editor’s Choice: Workers Memorial Day

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    Read more about Workers Memorial Day, April 28, 2010, a day to recognize the sacrifice of workers...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    OSHA says that employers must provide non-English safety training to those employees who receive...

Editor’s Choice: Exit signs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    You wouldn’t believe how some practices place so little importance on exit sign compliance...

Q&A: Flush time for exposure to eyes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Q: Is there a recommended flush time when using the emergency eyewash station?  

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Exit sign compliance is as basic as you get in workplace safety matters, but how often do you check...

Editor’s Choice: Video online learning

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    HCPro’s new OSHA Healthcare Online Training allows managers and staff to receive training at...

Q&A: Posting exit route maps

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    Q: Can you tell me what the OSHA regulations are for posting exit route maps, how many to post, and...

New state-of-the-art, updated compliance guide for EC, emergency management, and life safety standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    We’re excited to announce that HCPro has just published its newest compliance guide, Physical...

It’s in there: Workplace safety and healthcare reform

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Seemingly lost in the polarizing rhetoric associated with the passage of healthcare reform was...

Editor’s Choice: Quick training guide

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Occupational hazards in healthcare facilities bring a variety of OSHA standards into play. Many of...

Q&A: OSHA potpourri - TB skin tests, psotexpsoure evaluation, and HBV titers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Q: I was told at a recent OSHA seminar that dental offices must test employees yearly for TB, an...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    A London-based poll placed safety and health talk in dubious company with bad toilet manners, and...

Hospital Safety Center April 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Inside: Options for corpse storage during emergency response EC scoring may herald...

OSHA Q&A tackles H1N1 shots, respirators, and more

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Read answers to reader questions about bloodborne pathogens postexposure evaluations, gloves used...

Editor’s Choice: OSHA fines for physician practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    What are the most expensive bloodborne pathogens-related OSHA fines in physician practices or the...

Q&A: Chemicals and unlabeled containers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    Q: Where does OSHA say it is okay to transfer chemicals such as disinfectants into unlabeled...

Tip of the week: Check out new EPA rule on ethylene oxide sterilizers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2010

    The Environmental Protection Agency has established a new rule regarding ethylene oxide...

Window washer’s death leads to state OSHA fines against a hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2010

    A hospital and a window washing company were both fined by Minnesota’s OSHA agency stemming...

OSHA head calls for stiffer fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    OSHA fines need to be increased and pegged to inflation, says David Michaels, assistant secretary...

Editor’s Choice: You have never had a tuberculin skin test?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    OSHA doesn’t have a standard specific for TB hazards but the CDC does, which can make the...

Q&A: Computer or paper for your MSDS?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    Q: Is it okay to have material safety data sheet (MSDS) computer files instead of paper files?

Q&A: Source patient testing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 16, 2010

    Q: Just where does it say that we must test the source patient’s blood after an employee has...

Patient threatens, doctor slain, but no finding for unsafe work conditions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    The fatal shooting of a physician by a patient in Kentucky medical clinic has police, workplace...

Q&A: Using isopropyl alcohol in the lab

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    Q: Must we always use an exhaust hood when working with isopropyl alcohol in the lab?

FDA warns that certain StatSpin centrifuges could threaten healthcare workers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2010

    The FDA has alerted hospitals that a specific model of StatSpin centrifuges has an alleged defect...

Hospital Safety Center March 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Mac’s Safety Space: Judge the need to lock up cleaning products with common sense

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Editor's Choice: Regulated medical waste compliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    A report last week about a trash disposal worker accidentally swallowing medical and chemotherapy...

Washington OSHA imposes N95 respirator fines

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 23, 2010

    All the advisories and enforcement documents about protecting workers during the H1N1 pandemic...

Q&A: Drinking on the job, sort of

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    Q: The policy for our healthcare facility states that drinks at desks are not allowed anywhere. My...

Rethinking assumptions on safety in healthcare professions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    When stakeholders offer a piece of their collective minds during the “OSHA Listens&rdquo...

Editor's Choice: Join our roundtable group and be eligible for a free book

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    Long-time readers of OSHA Healthcare Connection and OSHA Healthcare Advisor know that we put a lot...

Q&A: Most common OSHA fines for physician practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    Q: Where can I find information about the most recent fines and citations given to physician...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    With February being American Heart Month, it’s important to remember that automated external...

Tip of the week: Remember to post your OSHA Form 300A

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2010

    If you're covered by federal OSHA regulations, here's a reminder that you should have posted your...

Hospital fired up about smoking employees

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Starting yesterday, Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, stopped considering job applicants who...

OSHA to add MSD check off to recordkeeping form

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    For businesses required to keep the OSHA Form 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, OSHA...

Editor’s Choice: OSHA Q&As for downloading

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Do you find the Q&A like the one above helpful to your OSHA compliance program? If so...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Are healthcare employers infringing too much on workers’ personal choice and lifestyle...

Promote widespread discussion about blunt-tip sutures

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Although statistics show that blunt-tip sutures help reduce injury rates for every staff member...

Hospital Safety Center, February 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Mac’s Safety Space: Absent regulations, it’s up to hospitals to determine trash compactor safeguards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Save time and unnecessary work with OSHA recordkeeping exemptions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    You wouldn’t know by all the warnings from safety experts this past month, but the OSHA rule...

Editor’s Choice: Download top five essential compliance tools

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    OSHA Healthcare Advisor has compiled a list of the top five most downloaded compliance tools...

Q&A: OSHA standards for medical and dental practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    Q: What OSHA standards are important for compliance in medical and dental practices?

Mac’s Safety Space: Eyewash stations hinge on chemical use as opposed to a wholesale requirement

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Promote widespread discussion about blunt-tip sutures

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    A new study examining needlestick injuries and physician attitudes toward blunt-tip sutures...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    In your facility, do you schedule all annual retraining for staff at the beginning of the calendar...

No flu shot, no mask; two strikes and you’re out

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    The firing of a nurse for refusing an H1N1 vaccination and not complying with her employer’s...

Money for hand hygiene compliance

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    The sound of hand washing may not be music but money to your ears.

Mac’s Safety Space: OSHA doesn’t mandate, but certainly suggests, steps to prevent violence against staff members

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

OSHA videos address respirator safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    On January 8, OSHA posted two videos that address key safety concerns for healthcare workers using...

Editor’s Choice: Fit-testing record card

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    OSHA and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare have developed and...

Q&A: Bites and exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    Q: Are bites considered employee exposure incidents and covered under OSHA standards? A: Yes...

California recalls certain N95 respirators issued from a state stockpile

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    In what could be an interesting development if it plays out across the country, California’s...

Editor’s Choice: OSHA Healthcare Advisor Blog’s top 10 posts of 2009

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    OSHA Healthcare Advisor Blog takes a look back at the 10 blog posts that garnered the most views...

OSHA Watch, January/February 2010

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    OSHA Watch is a bimonthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety needs for...

Hospital Safety Center, January 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

What The Joint Commission, OSHA, and EPA have in store for the New Year

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    As we close out 2009 today, let’s take a quick look at what’s coming in 2010 from some...

Not so home-sweet-home healthcare

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 29, 2009

    NIOSH is about to publish a study examining the risks of job-related violence for home healthcare...

Editor's Choice: The dos and don'ts of safety discipline

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 29, 2009

    Safety officers in healthcare facilities need a plan when confronting employees who ignore OSHA...

Q&A: OSHA requirements for laundering dental scrubs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 29, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require dental practices to have laundering facilities on site for cleaning scrubs?

Tip of the week: A differing opinion on posted evacuation maps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    We want to follow up on our tip from last week, in which we noted that there are no national...

Editor’s Choice: Annual facility safety review

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    This is a good time of the year to plan the annual walk-around safety review for your practice...

Q&A: OSHA and fire extinguishers in physician practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require physician offices to have fire extinguishers available, if we are in a...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Holiday decorations are fun, but they could cause headaches for safety officers. How are you...

OSHA gets new leader; agency reveals regulatory priorities

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    OSHA solidified leadership for the agency and provided a clearer view of the regulatory horizon...

Decorations may test a safety officer's holiday spirit

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    There may be no getting around it, especially at this time of year, but a little bit of the Scrooge...

Editor's Choice: Last chance to win $100 in compliance and training products for your feedback

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    As OSHA Healthcare Connection readers, you know about challenges you face to keep your healthcare...

Q&A: OSHA annual electrical inspection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require medical practices to undergo an electrical inspection each year?

OSHA will explore an airborne infectious disease regulation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    OSHA’s updated regulatory agenda shows it will seek public comment sometime in early 2010...

Q&A: OSHA coverage for state workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA protect state employees?

Tip of the week: Reinforce needlestick safety with your medical students

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    If your facility is a teaching hospital or you otherwise have medical students in your building...

Hospital Safety Center, December 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Look to NIOSH for N95 respirator resources

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    With OSHA’s recent enforcement directive forcing some healthcare facilities to revise and...

Editor's Choice: Know your OSHA training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    OSHA compliance for healthcare settings requires adherence to a number of standards, some of which...

Q&A: N95s for all?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    Q: We are an ambulatory surgery center. Does every employee need an N95 respirator for protection...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    With many OSHA standards requiring initial and annual training, OSHA education can get expensive...

OSHA issues inspection rules for swine flu hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    On Friday, November 20, OSHA posted a compliance directive for inspections concerning workplace...

Q&A: PPE for dental assistants

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    Q: Can you let me know if dental assistants are required to wear personal protective equipment...

Q&A: Qualifications for a bloodborne pathogens trainer

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Q: Who is qualified to train employees in bloodborne pathogens? A: Section 1910.1030(g)(2)(viii)of...

IC experts urge H1N1 respiratory protection change

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Three leading IC organizations issued a letter to President Obama urging a change in respiratory...

OSHA posts H1N1 protection advice

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Following the lead of the recent CDC flu guidance on infection control and healthcare worker...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    Last April, OSHA Healthcare Advisor asked whether H1N1 was a lot of hype or a legitimate concern...

Editor's Choice: Flu absenteeism

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 17, 2009

    NIOSH is studying healthcare worker absenteeism from influenza and is interested in hearing about...

Infectious disease groups appeal to Obama to pull back on N95 enforcement

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    Three infectious disease professional associations have written to President Obama, asking him to...

NIOSH reports on endoscope sterilizer hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    NIOSH’s health hazard evaluation program just posted a report on exposure to an enzymatic...

Editor's Choice: OSHA violations by healthcare facility type

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    Even though OSHA fines in healthcare were down in FY 2009, some sectors were hit harder than...

Q&A: An N95 fit-testing dilemma

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    Q: I work at a facility that has fit-tested most of the staff with N95 respirators. We have...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 10, 2009

    With the retraction of a study’s findings about the use of N95 respirators for H1N1...

Yes and no: ANA on flu respirator protection and mandatory shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently offered strong opinions on the two pressing H1N1...

Editor's Choice: OSHA may ease up on H1N1 hazard enforcement

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    While those responsible for worker safety during the H1N1 pandemic await the OSHA enforcement...

Q&A: Who can perform needlestick evaluations?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    Q: After a needlestick, must we refer the exposed employee to a physician for postexposure...

Educate employees about the risks of using robotics

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Confirm all employees who work with robotics have received proper education about the use and...

Hospital Safety Center, November 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Mac’s Safety Space: OSHA raises the stakes in the N95 respirator debate

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

NIOSH following worker hazards to H1N1

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 27, 2009

    The deaths of five nurses have been attributed to 2009 H1N1 influenza, and NIOSH is intently...

Editor's Choice: Know your annual OSHA training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 27, 2009

    Under federal OSHA, annual hazard communication training is not required. Find out what you need...

The CDC reaffirms N95s for healthcare worker protection against H1N1

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    As we first reported last week on our Twitter account and in Mac’s Safety Space, the Centers...

Feds say protect workers with respirators, not masks, for H1N1

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    The CDC updated the interim guidance on H1N1 protection for healthcare workers recommending...

Editor's Choice: Know your N95 respirator training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    Now that the CDC and OSHA require you to protect your employers with N95 respirators from H1N1...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    If you've been following the posts on OSHA Healthcare Advisor, you knew a decision on N95...

Nursing home records now an OSHA inspection priority

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    OSHA is putting nursing homes under its enforcement microscope. The agency has announced a new...

Q&A: Clean needlesticks

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    Q: If an employee gets stuck with a non-contaminated needle, does OSHA view it as an exposure...

OSHA plans to align hazcom standard with Globally Harmonized System

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    The idea has been kicked around for years, and now it looks like it’s finally going to...

OSHA wants harmony on protection from chemical hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    OSHA has proposed aligning the hazard communication standard with the United Nations Globally...

Editor's Choice: Plug-in to safe vaccine storage; keep your refrigerator running

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Placing a “do not unplug” sign next to the refrigerator's electrical outlet is a basic...

Q&A: Hepatitis B vaccination and non-responders

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Q: What does OSHA require from an employer when a new employee fails to respond to the hepatitis B...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Have you heard about the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals...

NIOSH questions one method of UV infection control

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Ultraviolet-C light, when pointed straight down into a surgical site for infection control...

Explore the outside standards cited within EC chapter

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    It seems like enough work to know The Joint Commission’s EC standards, but are you up on all...

Expect continued survey focus on life safety compliance

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    In our report from the annual ASHE conference, we look at why life safety compliance will continue...

Hospital Safety Center, October 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Editor's Choice: Can hospitals and physician practices achieve a win-win on N95 respirators?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    So much of swine flu preparation news has focused on how hospitals will cope with the pandemic that...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    The importance of workplace violence education is fresh in everyone's mind after the death of a...

Q&A: Sterilizer records and logs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    Q: What is the OSHA regulation on retaining sterilization records and logs?

Editor's Choice: Nominations for needlestick prevention award

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    If you know of a needlestick prevention hero, click here for information on how to recognize this...

Note to OSHA Healthcare Connection readers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 37, September 15, 2009

    If you consult on OSHA compliance; or if you do mock OSHA inspections for healthcare facilities...

Q&A: Fit testing N95s

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 37, September 15, 2009

    Q: Is fit testing N95s just showing workers how to put on and take off the respirator safely? A...

Lab research says H1N1 will not to mutate into super virus

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    For now H1N1 is the king of the hill of influenza viruses, and that is good. Researchers from the...

Examine risks and solutions related to Pseudomonas

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that—like Legionella —lives in water pipes as...

Eyewash stations: Although not a regulation, ANSI Z358.1 wields influence

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    What is tepid water? For the purposes of eyewash safety, the American National Standards Institute...

Safe patient handling is on your regulatory horizon

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Several developments point to safe patient handling becoming an increasing focus of regulators...

Hospital Safety Center, September 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Peek at and speak up on NIOSH healthcare worker issues

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    In 2005 there was a nonfatal injury or illness episode every 47 seconds in healthcare and social...

Q&A: Finessing fit-testing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    Q: Can I use the FDA’s Emergency Use Act to eliminate the need to fit test workers for N95...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    Adjusting sick leave policies to allow employees to stay home if they experience flu symptoms is a...

OSHA Watch, September/October 2009

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 5, September 1, 2009

    OSHA Watch is a bimonthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety needs for...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Has a patient ever called into question your work practices during an injection, either because...

Q&A: Exposure control plan review frequency

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Q: How frequently must I review the bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan? A: The minimum...

Editor's choice: Share your OSHA horror story

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Do you have an OSHA “horror” story, maybe a cell phone accidentally dumped into a...

NY State proceeds with healthcare worker flu shot regulation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    The State of New York now has emergency regulations in place for mandatory seasonal flu and H1N1...

Feds urge businesses to plan now for flu season

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 34, August 25, 2009

    Shot, hand, and home are the keywords of the federal guidelines for employer preparation for the...

While not a regulation, ANSI eyewash standard wields influence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    What is “tepid” water? For the purposes of eyewash safety, the American National...

IOM weighs evidence on respirators for H1N1 protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    The debate continues—whether healthcare workers need to wear respirators, most likely N95s...

Free training on pandemic flu hazards from OSHA grantees

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    Small hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Maryland and Delaware areas may attend a free...

Q&A: Respiratory protection plan

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    Q: If we must initiate a respiratory protection plan for workers wearing respirators, what must it...

H1N1: Nurses protest in CA, while regulators push mandatory vaccine in NY

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    Controversy is swirling this month around protection measures for healthcare workers from the H1N1...

Healthcare illnesses remain higher than national average

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Occupational illness in U.S. private industry decreased from 2003 to 2007, but the rate of illness...

Q&A: Bloodborne pathogens standard and contract workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Q: What is my facility’s responsibility for the safety of contract workers under the...

Scientist nominated for head OSHA position

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    President Obama has nominated David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, to lead OSHA, according to a July 28...

Tip of the week: We are twittering

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    Yes, OSHA Healthcare Advisor is on twitter. Click here to see what we are covering—and...

Q&A: MRSA and OSHA coverage

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    Q: Are MRSA exposures covered under OSHA?

Hospital Safety Center, August 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Congress points to airborne transmissible disease standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    If the House Appropriations Committee has its way, OSHA will develop an airborne transmissible...

Q&A: First-aid kits

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    Q: What’s the OSHA standard on how many first-aid kits you need based on the number of...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    Although much of the focus of MRSA infections remains on patient safety, the spread of bacteria can...

Mac’s Safety Space: Keeping tabs on glutaraldehyde sneaking back in

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

NIOSH: Healthcare not as safe a place to work as you may think

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Looking for a job providing a clean, sterile, and a safe place to work? Healthcare isn’t it...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Not communicating with your employees on pandemic influenza plans and resources can lead to...

It's official; CA has infectious airborne disease standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 14, 2009

    The first standard to protect healthcare workers from the spread of airborne pathogens will go into...

Q&A: OSHA and fire drills

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 14, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require an annual fire drill?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 14, 2009

    Pointing out egregious infection control or safety deficiencies to the proper authority isn't...

Tip of the week: Stay tuned about new infectious airborne disease standard in CA

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    Starting August 5, California will become the first state to have a standard in place to protect...

Mac’s Safety Space: Be wary of MSDS exemptions for consumer cleaning products

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

OSHA leaders to safety pros: "We're back."

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    “The Department of Labor is back in the enforcement business,” said Secretary of Labor...

Q&A: Break room sink and instrument decontamination

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Q: Is it OK to use the break room sink for soaking and decontaminating instruments?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Should OSHA develop a standard to protect healthcare workers and first responders from MRSA...

OSHA Watch, July/August 2009

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 4, July 1, 2009

    OSHA Watch is a bimonthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety needs for...

Correctional healthcare workers face added risks

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    The increased risks of bloodborne pathogens exposure to healthcare workers in correctional...

Q&A: Fashionable scrubs and safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Q: A number of uniform suppliers offer capri style scrub pants. Are laboratory techs and...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    The summer weather sometimes brings with it a relaxed dress code from healthcare workers. Although...

Goof-prone cartoon entertains and instructs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    When you see a scrub team member wearing Crocs with ventilation holes standing in a puddle of...

Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor survey; win a training video

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    We are so pleased with the number of visitors to the OSHA Healthcare Advisor that we want to know...

Q&A: Terrorist attacks and OSHA violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Q: This may appear to be a weird question, but would OSHA fine a business for worker injuries from...

When caring for patients brings fear for safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Caring for patients and healthcare professionals’ need to attend to their own safety was the...

Q&A: Training for bloodborne pathogens

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Q: When does OSHA require bloodborne pathogens training?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 9, 2009

    Has concern for your own safety affected the way you treat patients with potentially infectious...

Protection from aerosol transmissible diseases now the standard in California

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    With the adoption of a new occupational health and safety standard on May 21, California workers...

Ruling on guns in workplace parking lots upheld

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    Oklahoma employers may not prohibit workers from having firearms in locked cars on company parking...

Q&A: HBV vacation and summer employment

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    Q: Must an employer offer the hepatitis B vaccination to a summer employee who will not be employed...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    Since California adopted an aerosol transmissible disease standard, would this be a good idea for a...

Physician offices should seek business occupancy status

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In smaller settings, life safety can easily be buried at the bottom of the to-do list, in part...

Briefings on Hospital Safety, June 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Congress will again consider a safe patient lifting law

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 22, May 27, 2009

    The third time might be a charm for supporters of a national safe patient handling and lifting law.

Congress to consider safe patient lifting law

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    Third time might be a charm for supporters of a national safe patient handling and lifting law.

Q&A: Waiting room aquarium

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    Q: Is an aquarium allowed in the waiting room of a medical office?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    Do you think there should be a safe patient lifting and handling law? This week's OSHA Healthcare...

OSHA will enforce pandemic-related regulations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    Strained resources and lack of supplies won’t get you a pass from OSHA regulations during an...

OSHA updates pandemic influenza resources

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    In response to the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak OSHA has added or updated documents appearing on its...

Q&A: Post-exposure costs and employment termination

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    Q: An employee left our practice before needlestick post-exposure follow up was completed. When we...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    Should OSHA continue stringent enforcement during a pandemic? This week's OSHA Healthcare Advisor...

Mac’s Safety Space: Two approaches--or maybe more?--to thwarting latex balloons

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Hazardous drugs added to NIOSH list

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    NIOSH has proposed adding 24 pharmaceuticals to its list of hazardous drugs found in healthcare...

Q&A: MSDS information by telephone

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Q: Is receiving material safety data sheet (MSDS) information by telephone an adequate backup...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    When cases of influenza A H1N1 began to spread a little over two weeks ago, did you have a plan to...

OSHA Watch, May/June 2009

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 3, May 8, 2009

    OSHA Watch is a bimonthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety needs for...

Free Web expo highlights Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    This Wednesday, May 6, is Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, an opportunity to...

California relaxes swine flu respirator rules

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Perhaps lost in the avalanche of swine flu, or influenza A (H1N1), information posted by federal...

Q&A: In-person training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Q: Must the trainer be physically present when conducting OSHA employee training?

Workers' Memorial Day April 28: For those who did not come home alive, healthy, or safe

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Today is Workers' Memorial Day, which recognizes U.S. workers who died or sustained injuries or...

Safety officer tip: Lettering in OSHA letters

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy list of OSHA interpretation letters to answer those...

CDC offers interim guidance on swine flu and respirator use

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    With early reports of swine-flu-related deaths in Mexico and 20 confirmed U.S. cases in five states...

Q&A: Respirators and beards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Q: A male worker needs to be fit tested for an N95 respirator, but has a beard and will not shave...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    A report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations claims that...

Tip of the week: Meet the new head of OSHA

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    OSHA now has a decidedly vocal safety advocate at the helm.

Outspoken safety advocate leads OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    OSHA now has a decidedly vocal safety advocate at the helm. Last week Jordan Barab, President...

AFL-CIO: Healthcare workers not protected from pandemic flu danger

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    Many healthcare facilities exhibit a “lack of readiness” to protect workers in the...

Q&A: Physician, do thy laundry

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    Q: A doctor in our practice so strongly objects to paper gowns that she is willing to do the...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    Are things about to change with President Obama’s appointment of Jordan Barab to lead OSHA...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    Since the presidential election there has been talk about an ergonomics standard or even specific...

Q&A: Lids on red-bag waste containers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    Q: Where can I find the OSHA regulation for lids on red-bag containers? We are having a dispute on...

Mercury spill suspends OR operations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    The operating room at Sun Health Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ, became non-operational when 22...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    Annual safety retraining is often viewed by staff members as a repetitive burden rather than an...

Q&A: Patients and sharps disposal

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    Q: I know this is outside the workplace safety realm, but a patient asked how he should properly...

Mercury spill in operating room

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, April 2, 2009

    Sun Health Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ experienced a brief scare on March 21, after 22 to 30...

Two years later, patient handling bill is reintroduced

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    After submitting a patient handling bill in 2006 intended to protect workers, U.S. Representative...

Misuse of insulin pens grabs FDA attention

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release warning healthcare professionals...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    Questions regarding OSHA standards come into OSHA Healthcare Advisor all the time. This week's poll...

Q&A: Tap or bottled water

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 31, 2009

    Q: The tap water in the office is terrible. Doesn’t OSHA require an employer to provide safe...

Nevada officials claim most clinics have IC deficiencies

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    Health officials say 25 of 49 outpatient clinics in Nevada have infection control deficiencies.

New Canadian standard published for smoky ORs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) introduced a new standard to help eliminate toxic airborne...

Asking the Bard for bloodborne pathogen advice

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 24, 2009

    For an offbeat take on OSHA requirements, check out "Using Shakespeare for bloodborne...

Are you in a high-risk state for OSHA inspections?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    For OSHA inspections of physician practices, 10 states accounted for 72% of all inspections. Some...

APIC urges patients to inquire about IC practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    With CDC reports pointing out infection control gaps in ambulatory settings, the Association for...

Q&A: How can OSHA cite a facility on TB when it doesn’t have a TB standard?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 11, March 17, 2009

    It is true that OSHA withdrew its proposed TB standard on December 31, 2003, but the agency...

OSHA posts pandemic influenza resources

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    OSHA added pandemic influenza to its list of safety and health topic Web pages, citing the...

Hepatitis scare prompts new laws for Nevada healthcare facilities

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    Nevada legislators are considering at least eight bills aimed at preventing infection control...

Q&A: Disinfecting medical devices with the dishwasher

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    You will not be able to disinfect medical devices in a household or office dishwasher; only...

Obama’s budget to increase OSHA’s enforcement arsenal

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    President Obama's budget blueprint for 2010 calls for reversing an eight-year trend of dwindling...

OSHA: Needle removal device may be OK, but placement is the key

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    OSHA posted a letter of interpretation last week stating that the Q104 needle removal device could...

Q&A: Safety needle device as sharps container

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    No. OSHA does not consider an activated safety device as a waste container because it is a...

Bloodborne remains No. 1, but asbestos jump is notable

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Although bloodborne pathogens violations continue to be the top employee safety issue in general...

OSHA Watch, March/April 2009

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 2, March 1, 2009

    OSHA Watch is a bimonthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety needs for...

Nurses needlestick woes, not only in America

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    Looks like serious occupational hazards are the same for nurses on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

No time like the present for flu shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    Think again, if you assume you successfully dodged the flu bug this year without the help of...

Q&A: Frequent OSHA violations during physician practice inspections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    By far the most frequent violations in 2008 for offices and clinics of doctors of medicine were...

Tip of the week: Remember to post your OSHA Form 300A

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    If you’re covered by federal OSHA regulations, here’s a reminder that you should have...

CDC offers emergency planning for physician offices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    The CDC on February 11 posted a new Web page for physician office staff members charged with...

River-dumped medical waste costs facility big bucks

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    A Michigan nursing care facility agreed to pay $13,000 in civil penalties for its part in polluting...

Q&A: Determining exemption from OSHA’s injury posting requirement

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 17, 2009

    How do I determine if my business is exempt from OSHA's annual injury posting requirement?

Mac’s Safety Space: The use of safety vests by snow-clearing workers hinges on risk assessment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Effectiveness of N95s not a problem after prolonged storage

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    Unlike fine wine, disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators don’t get better with age...

Drilling in on dental bioaerosol hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    Particles which originate from the patients’ mouth and from the biofilms found in dental...

Q&A: Annual electrical inspection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require an electrical inspection each year?

Stay posted with free posters from OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    OSHA  reminds all healthcare facilities, medical and dental practices included, about the...

Latex allergies afflict healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 3, 2009

    Despite the move to latex-free devices and personal protective equipment, latex allergies remain a...

Medical Environment Update, February 2009

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    Medical Environment Update is a monthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety...

TB patients sentenced to 30 days of isolation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    There are plenty of airborne precautions for staff to follow when a tuberculosis (TB) patient...

Catch a break on OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    While many businesses are busy tabulating workplace injuries to meet the OSHA posting requirement...

Q&A: Eliminating material safety data sheets without incurring an OSHA violation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    May I eliminate material safety data sheets for household products without incurring an OSHA...

An ergonomics standard isn't a lock even with Obama in office

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Don’t be too sure that OSHA under President Obama will release an ergonomics standard. At a...

Better infection control measures needed in ambulatory care settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    A study by the CDC has pinned unsafe injection practices on 33 outbreaks of hepatitis in U.S...

Ergonomics standard not a sure bet

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    Don’t be too sure that OSHA under the Obama administration will promulgate an ergonomics...

Q&A: End-of-the-day exam room cleaning

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    Q: I’m concerned that housekeeping staff are not cleaning and replacing the paper on exam...

It’s not too late for workplace safety resolutions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    Need a New Year’s resolution for your workplace? How about resolving to keep your workplace...

A fork in the road: Bush OSHA vs. Obama OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    With the Obama administration about to start next week, the Bush-era OSHA legacy has taken some...

Q&A: Paying for HBV testing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    Q: Are we required to encourage staff to have titers done after their third hepatitis B vaccination...

Celebrate our 10th anniversary by entering our free contest

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    We want to thank all of you who’ve been loyal readers along the way, and we’re excited...

Waste not, want not: Filling up with liposuction

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. At least that’s what Beverly Hills, CA...

Needlesticks rank second among 2008 healthcare hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    When it comes to dangerous technology in healthcare settings, needlesticks are bested only by alarm...

Ask the expert

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Does hand washing surveillance fall under OSHA? What's the difference between serious and willful...

In the news

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Depending the type of facility you work at, you may be enjoying an OSHA exemption this month. In...

Disinfection and sterilization guideline and MRSA policy

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    This month, Quality America focuses on the new CDC guideline for disinfection and sterilization and...

Medical Environment Update January, 2009

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Medical Environment Update is a monthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety...

Study: Device availability and enforcement cut needlestick exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 30, 2008

    Needlestick incidents declined 34% among U.S. healthcare workers from 1993 to 2004, according to a...

OSHA touts focused and efficient inspection activity

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 30, 2008

    OSHA issued its most recent inspection activity report on December 19 and characterized its work as...

Q&A: Electric outlet covers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 30, 2008

    Q: Do the electric outlets in our patient waiting area need safety covers?

OSHA to employers: PPE for all

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 23, 2008

    OSHA gave notice on December 12 that it has standardized the requirement for providing employees...

Study shows female and young workers hit hardest by workplace allergies

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 23, 2008

    A study conducted by the Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia...

Occupational Health and Safety Forms

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 0, December 17, 2008

    These Occupational Health and Safety Forms provide you with all of the updates for your OSHA Health...

When the economy takes a bite out of emergency preparedness

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 16, 2008

    A report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF...

OSHA Hospital eTool focuses on MRSA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 16, 2008

    With medical facilities across the country becoming more concerned about MRSA infections, OSHA has...

Q&A: Space heater approval

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 16, 2008

    Q: Is it against regulations to use a space heater in a physician office?

Medical Environment Update December, 2008

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Medical Environment Update is a monthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety...

Mac’s Safety Space: A quick rundown of certified safety programs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Tip of the week: Review OSHA’s healthcare workplace violence guidelines

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 12, 2008

    A story about assaults on nurses in the Boston area should remind everyone that while OSHA...

State warning: Novartis vaccine lacks safety device

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 5, 2008

    If you are using Novartis flu vaccine products, you should probably take a second look.

Ask The Expert

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 6, November 5, 2008

    This month's "Ask the Expert" answers questions about source patient blood draw, cleaning...

Tip of the Week: Check out OSHA Healthcare Advisor

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 42, November 4, 2008

    Have you heard about my new blog dealing with OSHA compliance for healthcare facilities?

OSHA renews Red Cross alliance

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, September 2, 2008

    OSHA and the American Red Cross renewed an alliance to improve employee awareness of safety and...

Sharps injury log, artificial nails, staffing agency, anonymous complaints, physicians as employees

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 5, September 1, 2008

    Although the bloodborne pathogens section of OSHA standards generally requires employers to keep a...