Archive for: November, 2011

Ask the expert: Does OSHA allow electronic employee health files?

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

Q: Our company is moving to another location with less storage capacity and we are changing change most of our files to electronic form. Does OSHA allow employee medical records to be maintained electronically?

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Give us your feedback on facility safety concerns!

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

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Mercury spill closes developmental center

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

A mercury spill from a blood pressure cuff closed an area of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, in Morganton, N.C.

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

Whether your facility is a medical or dental practice, community clinic, or ambulatory surgery center, OSHA Healthcare Connection helps you comply with standards and guidelines from OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, EPA and other government agencies.

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Study: Nurse safety linked to patient safety

By: November 16th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The safer your healthcare facility is for nurses, the safer it is for patients.

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Infection control survey: Give us your feedback!

By: November 15th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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Study: Glove use does not guarantee clean hands

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

A study has found that the latex-gloved hands of healthcare providers may be hazardous to patients due to the increased chance of poor hand hygiene.

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Ask the expert: Must engaged safety needles go into sharps containers?

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

Q: Once the safety device is engaged on a contaminated needle, may I dispose of it as red bag waste and not in a sharps container?

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OSHA Survey: Give us your feedback!

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

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Weekly poll: OSHA and healthcare national emphasis programs

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

Because of the high rate of injuries among support healthcare workers, OSHA announced last week a National Emphasis Program directed toward nursing homes and residential care facilities that would increase the number of inspections conducted on those types of facilities, and focusing on hazards from patient handling, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, and slips, trips and falls. Are you in favor of more OSHA National Emphasis Programs directed toward healthcare? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

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OSHA initiates national program on safety and health in nursing homes

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

Non-fatal occupational injuries among healthcare workers are too high, says OSHA. And nursing homes are the first places the agency to going scrutinize.

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Notes from the field: You haven’t switched to safety devices, YET!

By: November 9th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

In the past few months, I have been in eight physician offices that are still using non-safety needles, lancets, or scalpels. I have heard every excuse in the book for not switching to safety devices.

I am totally shocked that one medical assistant (MA) had no clue that safety needles were supposed to be used when giving an injection. The first thing she said was “why didn’t my supply vendor tell me this?”

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