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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

Is Your Compliance Program Effective?

Having a compliance program in place is a start but having an effective compliance program is the goal. Proactively assessing the effectiveness of one’s own compliance program is better than the Department of Justice making a determination of the adequacy as a result of an investigation for alleged misconduct. To set benchmarks for an effective

Don’t Pay for Free Workplace Posters That Are Required By Law

Employers are required to advise employees of their federal rights in the form of displaying federally required posters in the workplace. Compliance with these federal requirements is necessary to avoid strict fines and penalties. Unfortunately, many employers pay unscrupulous companies for these posters when they are offered for free on the respective government websites. In

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

Compliance with the Hazard Communication Standard

The goal of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is to “ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are evaluated and that information concerning their hazards is transmitted to employers and employees. This transmittal of information is to be accomplished by means of comprehensive hazard communication programs, which are to include container labeling

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

OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers that Use Hazardous Chemicals

Since the initiation of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), acute illness and injuries due to chemical exposures have decreased by over 40%.  This improvement in workplace safety is directly related to the workers’ right to know and also their right to understand. Most of the major revisions in HazCom2012 apply to chemical manufacturers, importers and

Upcoming OSHA Training Deadline

Training your staff on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System must be completed by December 1, 2013.  In March 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the vast majority of the international community regarding the labeling and classification of hazardous chemicals.  Transition to this new system will be done in stages but