Corporate Compliance

Prepare for new OSHA, Joint Commission standards

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, April 1, 2009

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Hazardous gas monitoring, emergency preparedness, and anticoagulant management top the list of challenges clinical laboratories face from The Joint Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) this year. Although OSHA has required that labs monitor hazardous gases or airborne contaminants for years, The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) has new rules requiring the levels of hazardous gases to be monitored to determine whether they are in the safe range. The standard is EC.02.02.01, element of performance (EP) 10. ?Based on our company?s experience conducting regulatory compliance assessments in pathology or clinical laboratories, we have found that many exposure monitoring programs are incomplete or missing,? says Nanette Moss, MS, CIH, senior scientist and project executive of Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc., in Newton, MA.

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