Ask the expert: Safety training in a medical office

By: October 15th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: How often does safety training (bloodborne pathogen, hazardous materials, respiratory, etc.) need to be done within a medical office?

A: Strictly speaking, the only education pieces with specific recurring frequencies are the bloodborne pathogens education and respiratory protection education, which are required to be provided prior to initial work assignment and then annually thereafter.

Also, if there’s an expectation that folks in your office would use fire extinguishers as part of the fire response plan, then there is an annual requirement for extinguisher education as well (OSHA doesn’t specify the nature of the education, so it could be hands or on by demonstration, which could include a video presentation).

Interestingly enough, there is no OSHA  requirement for annual fire drills, but if your medical office operates under the auspices of a hospital, there is an annual requirement for fire drills (and to be quite honest, it would have to be considered an excellent practice to conduct fire drills at least annually).

Other education concerns such as hazard communications and emergency response are required prior to initial work assignment and then whenever there is a change to procedures. There are a number of other potential education concerns that are promulgated as a function of General Industry; to that end, you may find the information on the following webpage (http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3122.html) to be of use, depending on your circumstance.

– Answered by Steve MacArthur, consultant for The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, and author of Mac’s Safety Space.

Comments

By Susan Toth RN on November 6th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Hi Steve–

Question about BBP training. Does the person doing the annual BBP training in a medical facility required to have any medical credentials (RN, LVN)? We are in California if that makes any difference.

Thanks,

Susan

What respiratory protection is best to prevent exposure to airborn communicable diseases? Please provide a source of reference. Thank you for your cooperation.
TVH

 

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