The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) states that each employer has a general duty to keep employees safe in a hazard-free environment. While OSHA has no specific standards for computer workstations, they can be a source of hazards, especially ergonomic ones. OSHA outlines the best working positions, workstation components, and workstation environment for employee
First-aid is the administering of emergency care for injury or illness before emergency medical service (EMS) becomes available. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to have someone, or multiple people, trained in first-aid for worksites that are not in close proximity to a hospital, clinic, or infirmary. While OSHA has certain standards
Workplace violence is a serious problem that affects nearly 2 million Americans each year. It is especially concerning in the healthcare sector because of its impact on patients and staff. Review this week's infographic on OSHA's steps toward compliance.
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.
Do not wait to electronically submit your organization’s 2016 OSHA 300A Summary of Work Related Illness and Injury form. OSHA’s long anticipated secure electronic submission website is currently live with a new submission deadline of December 1st, 2017. The size and type of your establishment will determine if you must submit the OSHA 300A form
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.
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
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
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,
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,