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Q&A: Earthquake guidance from an OSHA expert

Medical Environment Update, January 16, 2021

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by Brian Ward

We asked Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT(ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, CJCP, HEM, MEP, CHEP, principal of Superior Performance in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and senior consultant with Compass Clinical Consulting in Cincinnati, to give us some additional advice on earthquake safety.

Q: What are the OSHA expectations for earthquake safety and preparedness for healthcare facilities (if any)?  

McFarlane: OSHA, The Joint Commission, DNV, HFAP, and CMS expect that each healthcare facility have a current Hazardous Vulnerability Assessment (HVA), which addresses emergencies/disasters specific for the geographical location. These include natural disasters like:

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