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Can I Pour Barium Down the Drain?

What is Barium? Barium occurs naturally, but is manufactured for medical procedures. Barium has been used as a diagnostic contrast medium for almost a century in fluoroscopic procedures such as an Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI) or a Barium Enema (BE).  However, the appropriate method for Barium disposal continues to raise questions and create uncertainty in healthcare

Webinar Q&A: OSHA- Bloodborne Pathogen and Hazard Communication Training

First Healthcare Compliance hosted two informative webinars on OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen and Hazard Communication Standards with Kelly Ogle, BS, MS, CMPM, CHOP® of DoctorsManagement, LLC. (Bloodborne Pathogen Training Webinar and Hazard Communication Training Webinar). For employers and employees, Kelly addresses some commonly asked questions regarding compliance with these two OSHA Standards: Q: Who is covered

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? OSHA Inspector

An impromptu OSHA inspection is certainly not a joke to most organizations. Fortunately, OSHA provides a way to reduce the possibility of feeling unprepared for such an unnerving occurrence. OSHA offers a free voluntary On-site Consultation Program for small and medium sized businesses to assess their compliance with OSHA, identify workplace hazards, review OSHA standards,

Are You Aware of the Recent OSHA Updates?

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new rules regarding prevention of retaliation or discrimination against an employee for reporting a workplace injury and on recordkeeping for injury and illness. Electronic reporting of injury and illness began January 1, 2017. However, submission requirements do not take effect until July 1, 2017,

By |January 12th, 2017|OSHA|

Help! I Just Got Stuck with a Needle

This is a phrase no one ever wants to hear, especially in a healthcare setting. When a distraught employee comes to you with a needle stick injury, what should you do as the employer? First and foremost, remain calm, which will alleviate some of the overwhelming anxiety your employee is already experiencing, and follow these

By |December 29th, 2016|OSHA|

Penalties Doubled in August 2016: False Claims Act and OSHA

August 2016 was an important month, with penalties increasing for violations of the False Claims Act and OSHA. Review our infographic to familiarize yourself with the changes.   As of August 1st, 2016, there are new penalties for the False Claims Act.  The Department of Justice will nearly double the statutory penalties under the False Claims

SOS for the SDS!

End-users of hazardous chemicals in the United States are required to have the new 16-section Safety Data Sheets (SDS) readily available to their employees. The United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) includes multiple requirements for manufacturers, distributors and end-users to be compliant with the new system as of  June

By |September 7th, 2016|OSHA|

Let’s Talk Trash

Do you ever have trouble figuring out which trash can to use when throwing something away? Even a simple cardboard coffee cup with a plastic lid may give you pause while trying to choose the best option. Now, you may be confronted with a myriad of sorting choices: paper, aluminum, plastic, paper, glass, all recyclables

Deadline for GHS and SDS Compliance – June 1st, 2016

As part of the revised Hazardous Communication Standard, OSHA adopted the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2012.  Compliance with GHS has been in multiple stages over the last several years, but the final deadline for all end-users is June 1st, 2016.   This system includes the new standard

Compliance Program: What is the Value?

The value placed on a compliance program varies greatly with perspective and remains difficult to define. Obviously, the purpose of a compliance program is to prevent and deter wrongdoing. A strong program preempts problems. However, it is difficult to know what might happen in the future or what could have gone wrong in the past.