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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

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

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

How would your staff react to an auditor or investigator?

Audits and investigations are stressful events either with or without prior notice. Medical staff should be prepared for an unannounced visit. First Healthcare Compliance provides a sample policy that assists clients in preparing the front office. Here are some recommendations to ensure that proper steps are taken: Immediately contact your supervisor, manager and/or Compliance Officer

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