OSHA Watch—Compliance for fit-testing and glutaraldehyde spills

By: November 2nd, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

This Nov.-Dec. 2008 issue of OSHA Watch updates your Quality America Safety Program manual to keep you in compliance on fit testing for N-95 respirators and determining spill response procedures for glutaraldehyde.

OSHA is inspecting and citing healthcare facilities for not conducting annual fit-testing for respirator protection from tuberculosis exposure, and now healthcare facilities are scrambling to come up to compliance on what is sometimes a time-consuming and expensive exercise.

Glutaraldehyde, a high-level disinfectant used in many healthcare settings, is a potential occupational exposure hazard especially when spilled. OSHA Watch reports on how to determine spill response based on volume and other spill characteristics according to OSHA Best Practices for the Safe Use of Glutaraldehyde in Healthcare.

Also covered in this issue:

  • Training techniques that will keep employees awake
  • OSHA inspection data for medical practices
  • Two dental practice with substantial OSHA and state waste management violations
  • Holiday decoration concerns (Also see ‘Tis the season to remind staff about holiday decoration policy rules)
  • Ask the expert on source-patient blood draw; cleaning schedule; dental worker vaccinations; training records; safety evaluations by committee; vaccine expiration dates; drug samples and MSDS.

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