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EEOC Guidance to Healthcare Providers Regarding Patients with HIV

On December 1, 2015 (World AIDS day) the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued the following two separate fact sheets addressing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections for individuals with HIV. Healthcare providers should pay careful attention to these documents to understand their duties under the ADA and the medical documentation that may

Are You Aware of the New OSHA Reporting Requirements?

All employers under Federal OSHA jurisdiction are required to report any work-related fatality within 8 hours.  As of January 1, 2015, all employers are also required to report any work -related inpatient hospitalization, amputations or loss of any eye within 24 hours. Reporting is currently available on the OSHA’s toll free number 1-800-321-OSHA or through

Is your staff practicing hand hygiene that complies with your policies and procedures?

Compliance with hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent spread of infection. In the United States about 1 in 25 hospital patients a year acquire an infection during their hospital admission. Transmission of pathogens can potentially occur at many points of contact with the healthcare provider. Best practices for hand hygiene

What Should You Do If An Employee Has An Exposure Incident

According to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, an exposure incident occurs with blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) coming in contact with the eye, mouth, mucous membranes, non-intact skin or parenteral contact due to the employee’s work-related duties.  Following appropriate first aid measures, the employer should be notified to arrange for an immediate confidential