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The Cost of Workplace Violence Under OSHA

In healthcare facilities, workplace violence is an important issue that comes at a high price. Not only is workplace violence itself costly, but so are the fines OSHA issues in response. Recently OSHA has fined two healthcare facilities, one in Pennsylvania and one in Florida, for making employees and patients vulnerable to workplace violence.

Fire Safety for Healthcare Facilities

Fire safety precautions are vitally important for healthcare organizations. This week we've compiled resources and information to help you protect your team from preventable disasters. For more information on Fire and Life Safety, review our webinar with Stanley Szpytek of Fire and Life Safety, Inc., Common Life Safety Code Deficiencies and Strategies for Compliance.

By |June 1st, 2017|OSHA|

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,

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