Archive for: October, 2011

Ask the expert: Timing for new employee hazard communication training

By: October 19th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: How soon must new employees receive training under the Hazard Communication standard?

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OSHA web page advises on workplace flu prevention

By: October 18th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

OSHA featured the updated Seasonal Flu Web page as a resource for employers and workers in the October 17 QuickTakes.

The web page provides basic advice for all workplaces and additional precautions for healthcare workers and employers engaged in “direct patient care;

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Hand hygiene videos: The latest in reducing healthcare associated infections

By: October 18th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Self-produced hand hygiene videos are popular educational tools for healthcare worker compliance, and the October issue of Briefings on Infection Control took a look at some successful examples. Here is an excerpt.

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Weekly poll: Safe patient handling and lifting

By: October 17th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Recent passage in California of a safe patient handling and lifting law, and focus by NIOSH on the topic begs the question: Do you have a safe patient handling and lifting policy in your healthcare facility? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

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Ask the expert: Timing for new employee bloodborne pathogens training

By: October 17th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: What is the timing on training new employees on bloodborne pathogens hazards?

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OSHA posts guidance document for laboratory safety

By: October 14th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

OSHA has added new educational resources, including Laboratory Safety Guidance, for protecting workers from hazards found in laboratories to its Laboratory safety web page, according to an agency announcement, October 13.

The Guidance document, describes how chemical, biological, electrical, fire, explosive, and slip, trip and fall hazards, can be minimized or eliminated through safety plans, worker training, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment.

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Nurse group praises California lifting law

By: October 14th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The California Nurses Association applauded the decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act,” an important workplace safety bill to protect registered nurses and other healthcare employees from disabling injuries and safeguard patients from preventable falls, according to an October 7 news release.

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Ask the expert: Bloodborne pathogens training records

By: October 13th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: How long must an employer keep bloodborne pathogens employee training records to be compliant with OSHA.

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CDC posts best practices for vaccine storage and handling

By: October 13th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The CDC has updated its vaccine storage and handling guide, according to IAC Express, October 10.

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Hospitals seeing red, as in more bloodborne pathogens violations

By: October 12th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

OSHA has hit hospitals with more and higher fines for bloodborne pathogens violations compared to last year, according to October issue of Briefings on Infection Control. The report uses data from the OSHA Office of Management System, from July 2010 through June 2011. Here is an excerpt.

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California law requires ambulatory surgery center accreditation

By: October 12th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

California ambulatory surgery centers will operate under closer scrutiny from the state as a result of a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Needlestick hazards in nonhospital settings? Better believe it

By: October 10th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Despite the volume and complexity of procedures, ­hospitals don’t have a monopoly on needle­stick and sharps injuries suffered by healthcare workers. In the October issue of Medical Environment Update, healthcare safety experts show how hazards are present, injuries happen, and OSHA compliance is low in nonhospital settings. 

Here is an excerpt:

A needlestick is a needlestick is a needlestick
Not too far into her part of the “Achieving Sharps Safety Compliance in Non-Hospital Healthcare Settings,” presentation, Elise M. Handelman, RN, MEd, an occupational and environmental health consultant who worked in OSHA for nearly 20 years, quoted from OSHA’s Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens:

Where engineering controls will reduce employee exposure by removing, eliminating, or isolating the hazard, they must be used.

And that applies to nonhospital settings, period, Handelman added.

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