Medical Environment Update—Practices struggle with citations and limited resources

By: November 1st, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

The November issue of Medical Environment Update reports on end of the 2008 fiscal year OSHA inspection data for offices and clinics of doctors of medicine, also categorized as standard industrial classification (SIC) 801. Inspections and citations were down from last year for SIC 801, which covers  physician practices of all specialties and sizes and include ambulatory surgical centers

While inspections and citations decreased, bloodborne pathogens remained the most frequently cited standard for violations. Of physician practice inspections where there was at least one citation issued, the average was 3.1 bloodborne pathogen citations per inspection averaging $1,197 in fines.

Also, small practices, one to nine employees, lead in the number of SIC 801 businesses inspected. Read more about this at Size doesn’t matter; not when it comes to OSHA inspections.

Avoiding citations and remaining OSHA compliant can be a struggle for physician practices, especially since physician practices rarely have a full-time safety officer—usually an individual wearing many hats, with one being safety. Insight into the challenges that these “multi-hatted” healthcare professionals face are also reported in the November issue and in the blog posts Safety in numbers and Knock, Knock…it’s OSHA.

The  November Medical Environment Update also includes a self-inspection checklist on eliminating sharps hazards and adopting safety devices and the O&A section addresses expiration dates for multi-use vials, blood spills on carpets, the elements required in documenting training, and the OSHA requirement for an employee TB exposure.


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