OSHA Compliance

OSHA Compliance


Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers

November 6th, 2017

The US Consumer Product and Safety Commission is recalling nearly 40 million Kidde-brand fire extinguishers because they may not work in an emergency. The fire extinguishers have been connected to one death, 16 injuries, 391 reports of failure to work properly, and 91 reports of property damage.


How Health Literacy Affects Patient Safety

October 25th, 2017

More than 77 million individuals in the United States have limited health literacy skills and will likely encounter challenges interpreting and acting upon health information. (2) According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, nine out of ten adults may not have the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease.


Is Nursing Engagement the Key to Reducing Medical Errors?

July 7th, 2017

Medical errors are now the third highest cause of death, accounting for more than 250,000 deaths per year in the US. (1) Second only to heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (3) Many believe this estimate is too low and the true number of deaths is around 400,000 per year (2).


OSHA Final Rule for Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

December 1st, 2016

To prevent work-related injuries and illness, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses in an “OSHA log.” OSHA is now issuing a new rule which requires certain employers to submit injury and illness data electronically, effective January 1, 2017.


Formaldehyde: Is Your Healthcare Facility Prepared?

September 14th, 2016

The failure to properly train employees on hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde is the second most frequently cited violation in healthcare facilities across the US. In fact, fines as much as $112,000 have been issued by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to healthcare facilities for the failure to provide employees with the proper formaldehyde training and monitoring.


OSHA Implements a 78% Increase in Penalties- Is Your Office Compliant?

August 23rd, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just issued new penalty adjustments that will go into effect this month, based on recent legislation that requires federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. It has been more than 25 years since OSHA last adjusted their maximum penalties, therefor an increase of 78% will be implemented. Moving forward, penalties will be adjusted each year for inflation. Now more than ever, it is imperative for medical offices to be proactive to ensure their compliance.


5 Safety Tips for Medical and Dental Offices

July 11th, 2016


5 Steps to Take Following a Needlestick and How to Prevent an Injury in the Workplace

February 4th, 2016

Written by Anne Carrie

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly 385,000 sharps-related injuries that occur annually in the US healthcare industry, which is an average of 1,000 per day. A sharps injury is penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel, or another sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or body fluids.


Health-care-associated infections, spore testing, and proper dental sterilization practices

January 29th, 2016

The importance of the proper sterilization of dental instruments, supplies, and equipment used in patient care is a critical aspect of health-care delivery that directly impacts patient safety. Health-care-associated infections (HAIs) impose a significant economic impact on the US health-care system as a leading cause of mortality and morbidity, with annual medical costs from $35.7 billion to $45 billion.


What To Expect When OSHA Visits (Part II)

February 17th, 2012

Last week’s blog outlined what to expect when OSHA visits, from the knock on the door to the initial meetings, and ending with the documentation you will need to provide. This week’s blog continues with the onsite visit.
After having gathered the requested documentation, the inspector will tour your worksite to...


OSHA Updates and Streamlines Rules

June 29th, 2011

OSHA is about to overhaul several outdated regulations and align some of its standards with those administered by other agencies. The rule, which will soon be published in the Federal Register, is expected to save employers $43 million and significantly reduce time spent processing paperwork by 1.85 million hours annually....