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What Employers Need to Know About OSHA Safety Training

As an employer, workplace safety should always be a priority, so staying up-to-date on OSHA regulations and ensuring that employees receive the necessary training to maintain a safe and healthy work environment is essential. Below we will review some of the key requirements for OSHA safety training: What is OSHA? The Occupational Safety and Health...

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Formaldehyde: Is Your Healthcare Facility Prepared?

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...

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

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%...

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5 Safety Tips for Medical and Dental Offices

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has five guidelines and standards to help prevent injuries, reduce health risks, and protect both patients and employees. Below are some of the most frequently found hazards and standards for medical and dental offices:  The information above includes some of the most frequently found hazards and standards in...

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

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...

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

When infection control procedures are not followed, there is a risk that infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV can be transmitted. The 2003 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines provide evidence-based infection control practices relevant to the dental industry. The American Dental Association urges all dental practices to employ these infection control procedures and...

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Annual Evaluation of Safety Needles

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are approximately 800,000 needlestick injuries each year, and more than 1,000 health care workers contract serious infections from these incidents. Nearly two-thirds of nurses report being accidentally stuck at some time in their career. Bloodborne pathogens spread through needlestick accidents include HIV, hepatitis, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis,...

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What To Expect When OSHA Visits (Part II)

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 observe working conditions. Someone who is...

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OSHA Updates and Streamlines Rules

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. It will become effective on July...