Archive for: November, 2013

OSHA releases tips on how not to get trampled on Black Friday

By: November 22nd, 2013 Email This Post Print This Post

It must be 2013.

While OSHA struggles with a shortage of inspectors, and can’t seem to get out to inspect all of the healthcare workplaces to help protect the millions of workers who put themselves in harm’s way every day to help Americans get healthy, it’s nice to see the agency is looking out for the retail workers.

OSHA just released a list of tips designed to help retailers prevent their workers from getting trampled by the crowds on Black Friday after their Thanksgiving turkey, like what happened in 2008 when a Wal-Mart worker was killed by a crowd that rushed in when the doors were opened.

Check out the list below:

OSHA releases tips on how not to get trampled on Black Friday

Fall protection remains top on OSHA’s violation list

By: November 18th, 2013 Email This Post Print This Post

OSHA recently released its list of the Top Ten most-cited workplace violations, and as you probably expected, fall protection is at the top of the list, followed by hazard communication, scaffolding, and respiratory protection.

For the entire list, check out this link:

http://www.workforce.com/articles/20024-osha-releases-most-cited-workplace-safety-violations

New OSHA rule would require electronic notification of injuries

By: November 14th, 2013 Email This Post Print This Post

If you’ve been following the OSHA news, you know that last week the agency proposed a new rule that affects the way workplaces will report workplace injuries.

It won’t change the fact that you have to report injuries that occur on the job, but it could change the way you do it. Basically, if you are a workplace with more than 250 employees, you would have to submit a quarterly report electronically to OSHA.

If you’re smaller, with at least 20 employees, you would have to submit the report once a year.

OSHA is giving you 90 days – until Feb. 6 – to submit something in writing if you have something to say about it.

I have to think this is a good thing. With too many thousands of healthcare workers being hurt on the job, anything that can be done to make it easier to report these injuries and keep it out in the open couldn’t hurt. OSHA has publicly said they are trying to figure out how to cut down on injuries in the workplace. Let’s hope this is a start.

I’d like to know your feelings on the proposed rule. Do you think it’s a good thing? Or is OSHA attempting to a little too snoopy in what goes on?

Always feel free to send me an email at jpalmer@hcpro.com.

Hospital infections are creeping their way into clinics

By: November 4th, 2013 Email This Post Print This Post

I just got off the phone with an epidemiologist with the the CDC, and they are warning that some of the nasty infections and Superbugs once seen only in hospitals are finding their way into medical clinics. With more surgeries and outpatient procedures being performed in these ambulatory clinics, infections such as MRSA and Hepatitis C are becoming more prevalent, they say.

The causes? Well, many privately-owned clinics don’t have the oversight from state and federal regulators, and therefore aren’t being watched as closely. Also, smaller clinics generally don’t have the infection control and know-how that some of the bigger hospitals do.

What’s still alarming is that the CDC says that up to about 10 percent of these providers are still clueless on basic infection control practices, and that inspectors have seen some of them performing such basic no-nos as re-using syringes and double dipping in vials of medications.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on this, and what you are seeing in your own clinics.

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