Q: A sales rep insisted that I had to recalibrate the audiometer in my practice every year or be subject to a possible OSHA fine. Is this true?
A: Annual recalibration by be recommended by the device manufacturer or the FDA, but it would not be an OSHA matter leading to a fine.
In the heat of persuasion or a sales pitch, people will often reach into the alphabet soup of federal regulators and pull out OSHA as justification. When this happens do this:
- Ask yourself if the issue is truly an occupational safety and health related matter; if not call their bluff. (Having an uncalibrated audiometer in your practice is not good, but it is certainly not a hazard to your employees.)
- Request the OSHA reference in writing. Don’t let the persuader get off the hook so easily. If it is an OSHA regulation, it will be in writing, somewhere. A salesman touting a true OSHA regulation will readily have that material.
For more on dubious OSHA claims, read “I heard that . . . but is it really an OSHA matter?”