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Expect OSHA inspectors to scrutinize your written pandemic flu plans

Reading through OSHA’s new directive on H1N1 inspections at healthcare facilities, the document notes how inspectors will review written pandemic flu plans.

Such plans do not have to be separate documents if they are already incorporated into a broader emergency management plan, OSHA says.

In such cases, OSHA inspectors don’t need to expand their evaluation beyond pandemic measures. In other words, “… a limited review addressing issues related to exposure to pandemic influenza viruses would be adequate,” the compliance directive states.

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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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