March 16, 2009 | | Comments 1
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The Joint Commission posts even more new FAQs

Hi, it’s Scott Wallask checking in quickly. I was on The Joint Commission’s Web site earlier today and saw that three new and/or revised FAQs had been posted last week dealing with the 96-hour rule, supplies during a disaster, mounting sharps boxes, and the use of fans.

Remember, FAQs carry the same weight as standards, so it’s worth reviewing the posted topics every now and then — or as the case has been this year, every few weeks.

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Scott Wallask About the Author: Scott Wallask is senior managing editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center ( and the award-winning newsletters, Briefings on Hospital Safety and Healthcare Life Safety Compliance. He has written about healthcare for HCPro since 1998, with a focus on occupational and building safety, emergency management, fire protection, and infection control. Prior to joining HCPro, he worked as a reporter for several newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. He holds a BA in print journalism, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University in Boston. Contact Scott at

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  1. For mounting sharps containers, the Joint Commission’s FAQ defers to and references NIOSH sources which are nicely summarized in “Location, location, location: The keys for sharps disposal containers safety,” ( ) on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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