Archive for: March, 2009

Medical Environment Update—Finding fire safety guidance

By: March 31st, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Smaller healthcare facilities struggle to determine where they fit in concerning the Life Safety Code, reports the April issue of Medical Environment Update. No one ever said fire safety was easy. But at least if you are a hospital or larger medical facility that falls under Joint Commission accreditation, your fire safety requirements are spelled out, as intricate as they may be.

But for small facilities such as physician offices or dental practices, fire safety can easily be buried at the bottom of their to-do lists.

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An OSHA fire safety quick-guide

By: March 31st, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Editor’s note. The April issue of Medical Environment Update focuses on fire safety, particularly as it relates to medical and dental practices, clinics and other non-hospital settings. Here is additional information that was referenced in the issue and available only through the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

Since fire safety requires close involvement with staff members, OSHA has a number of requirements in order to protect employees. Below are a few important fire safety considerations:

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Patient handling bill reintroduced

By: March 31st, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

A bill that was introduced in 2006 to decrease the stress on nurses’ backs is being reintroduced by U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), the same Representative that introduced it the first time.

Originally titled “Nurse And Patient Safety & Protection Act of 2006,” the new bill will likely have a new name and changes in wording. The new bill is expected to be reintroduced in the next few weeks, according to a email release from Anne Hudson, founder of Work Injured Nurses Group (WING) USA.

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Ask the Expert—Tap or bottled water

By: March 30th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Our tap water in the office is terrible. What are the OSHA requirements for an employer providing safe drinking water to its employees?

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Weekly Poll: Topics that give you trouble

By: March 30th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Questions regarding OSHA standards come into this blog all the time, either in the form of comments or emails. Many of them we use for our Ask the Expert posts. Some questions are so specific they might only benefit a couple facilities, while others are beneficial to a broad audience.

In May OSHA Healthcare Advisor is hosting OSHA Q&A Roundtable that features experts who will answer your specific compliance questions.

For now, tell us what issues elicit the most questions for you.


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Getting the lead out: Radiation aprons and hazardous waste

By: March 27th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

I found myself in an e-mail conversation recently about the disposal of lead radiation aprons and whether there is a hazardous waste or EPA aspect to this activity.

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Annual safety training doesn’t have to be a chore

By: March 26th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Annual safety training, or any training for that matter, can sometimes be looked at as a nuisance, especially by experienced workers who may have seen the same old video year-in and year-out.

That’s why it’s imperative that those responsible for safety training vary the way in which they offer training so employees actually enjoy the time spent reviewing safety standards, rather than loath it.

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FDA warns against sharing insulin pens

By: March 25th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release last week reminding healthcare professionals that they should use insulin pens only on one patient and then dispose of the device. The FDA is aware of incidents at two undisclosed hospitals, where healthcare workers used pens to administer insulin on multiple patients, putting more than 2,000 people at risk for hepatitis and HIV.

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When IT partners with IC

By: March 25th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

You might not consider yourself the most technically savvy person, but even if you’re still struggling to learn all of the ins and outs of your computer, you can still appreciate some of the new IC gadgets for the healthcare setting.

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Smoke gets in your eyes, and other places during surgery

By: March 24th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

With the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) introducing Plume Scavenging (CSA Z305.13) to help eliminate toxic airborne contaminants, such as smoke, from operating rooms and other settings on March 18, it good to remember that while OSHA does not have a specific standard on similar hazards, there is advice for for U.S. healthcare facilities.

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Ask the expert—PDR in place of MSDS file

By: March 23rd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Instead of keeping an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) file for our pharmaceuticals, couldn’t we just use the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference).

A: Replacing MSDS file with the PDR would make for a non-compliant alphabet soup for your hazardous drug policy, says OSHA.

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Weekly Poll: Cleaning procedures

By: March 23rd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

There have been a number of developments over the last few months regarding properly cleaning the MRI-suite, especially in order to protect against MRSA. A paper by Dr. Peter Rotheschild  pointed out the neglect and also the difficulty in cleaning these rooms. Cleaning crews are often prohibited because of the strong magnetic fields that can be hazardous to the workers. More recently, that paper has captured the attention of the Joint Commission, who has said there will be greater enforcement.

Given the dangers to both workers and patients, do you have specific procedures for cleaning MRIs?


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