Ask the expert: Rented space and OSHA responsibility

By: April 19th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: My practice rents space to another practice with employees. They use none of our supplies and operate as a separate business. Is my practice responsible for OSHA training for their employees?

A: If there is no employer-employee relationship, there is no OSHA obligation.

In the case you describe, you would be responsible for the OSHA training for your own employees. The owner of the practice who rents from you would be responsible for his/her employees.

That is assuming that the rental practice employees perform no services for you, and you do not pay the rental practice for these services. In that case, the rental practice employees could be viewed as contract employees and you could have a shared OSHA responsibility. See “Ask the expert: Needlesticks and contract employees.”

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By Ardith Lewis on May 2nd, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I am employed by HCA in Pensacola,Fl.and work in sterile processing. My supervisor and her supervisor are not complying with the AAMI,AORN and OSHA standards on bloodborne pathogens in the sterile processing dept. of West Fl. Hospital.How do I help correct this lethal environment?I have already been to HR Vice President to seek help. Thank you for any suggestions for further action.

 

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