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Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 2014

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Recently, the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) presented a webinar on...

The positive aspect of change

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Recently, the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) presented a webinar on...

Ask the expert: Who should attend safety meetings?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 13, 2012

    Q: I'm planning safety meetings for our staff (not yearly retraining). Are clerical employees...

Weighty issues: Obese patients and healthcare worker safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    The nation’s obesity epidemic has healthcare workers, especially nurses and nursing aides...

Weekly poll: Checking for slip, trip, fall hazards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2012

    How thorough are you or staff members with regular STF walk-through inspections?

Tips for ergonomics week

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2012

    The National Safety Council (NSC) reminds us that week two of June National Safety Month is...

CNA staff face many and varied workplace injuries

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2012

    A report on work-related injuries among certified nursing assistants (CNA) show that they face not...

Emergency exercises that will ensure compliance

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, September 9, 2010

    There’s a good reason why The Joint Commission expects hospitals to regularly conduct...

Tie EC and IC together to create a safe environment

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Joint Commission compliance and survey success depend on effective management of the care...

Managing laboratory safety in your hospital

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Becky worked in an independent lab in Cedar Rapids, IA. The lab was located in the downtown area...

Involve leadership in solving your corridor clutter

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    When standard LS.02.01.20 showed up again in The Joint Commission’s list of top five problem...

Preventing drills that go too far

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    In May, a terrorist drill at St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena campus in Las Vegas proved...

What do my security officers need to know about handling unruly patients?

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Q. What do my security officers need to know about handling unruly patients before they are...

"Code pink" tests hospitals response

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 26, 2010

    Last week a “code pink” call rang out throughout San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in...

Tip of the week: Cola and chemicals don't mix

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 26, 2010

    A case study on OSHA Healthcare Advisor reviews the dangers of not designating a separate chemical...

OSHA seeks input on chemical safety

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    Since OSHA was first established in 1970, many of the adopted permissible exposure limits (PELs...

Mac’s Safety Space: Keep an eye on computerized work records

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    Computerized work records can be a great way to organize work orders in your hospital, especially...

Tip of the week: Consider these eight issues for disaster management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    When it comes to the recovery of systems at your hospital after a disaster, there are eight key...

Nurses fear for their safety as ED violence escalates

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 12, 2010

    An article published by the Associated Press (AP) indicates that violence against nurses and other...

Mac’s Safety Space: Electrical receptacle considerations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 12, 2010

    Q: Is it feasible to place a small device that is plugged into an electrical receptacle on a metal...

Tip of the week: Emergency evacuation procedures should be consistent

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 12, 2010

    Every hospital has their own policies and procedures for evacuating their facility, and usually...

Technology aids in fire safety training

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, August 5, 2010

    Spartanburg (SC) Regional Medical Center has begun using technology to teach healthcare workers the...

Get your hospital back on its feet after a disaster

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Hospitals spend a lot of time identifying risks and preparing so they’re ready to respond...

Suspicious woman at MPMC later attempts kidnapping

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    There are plenty of locations hospital security personnel have to worry about in their hospital and...

Visitor badge program a hit at South Carolina hospital

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Sometimes, a fairly simple step can help increase security and at the same time make...

Q&A: Short answers to frequent questions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2010

    Not interested in long-winded answers for frequent OSHA compliance questions covering student...

Editor’s Choice: How healthcare reform impacts safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    If, as expected, healthcare reform will provide greater access to more people, there may be some...

Q&A: Hazardous drug MSDS file

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    Q: For my material safety data sheet (MSDS) files, I separate chemicals from the injectable...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    Does a court’s decision to uphold per-instance PPE fines for egregious OSHA violators have...

Attempted infant abduction stirs hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    Duke University Hospital staff members stopped a woman who tried to take a newborn from her...

Tip of the week: Use a risk assessment when situations aren’t covered by rule, regulation, or standard

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    Your organization might discover potential environmental health and safety issues not covered by...

OSHA issues Spanish-language enforcement directive

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    OSHA has now issued the Spanish language enforcement directive concerning employee training that...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 4, 2010

    Would you be opposed to, or in favor of an OSHA infectious disease standard? This week’s poll...

You can remotely attend next week’s Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    A week from the today, the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium begins in Las Vegas. You can...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    OSHA says that employers must provide non-English safety training to those employees who receive...

Save travel costs by attending the Hospital Safety Center Symposium from your facility

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is just two weeks away, and if you won’t be...

Looking back on H1N1

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    In an April 12 New York Times Op-Ed, Richard P. Wenzel, a professor of internal medicine and an...

Editor’s Choice: Exit signs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    You wouldn’t believe how some practices place so little importance on exit sign compliance...

Q&A: Flush time for exposure to eyes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Q: Is there a recommended flush time when using the emergency eyewash station?  

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Exit sign compliance is as basic as you get in workplace safety matters, but how often do you check...

Symposium spotlight: Process improvement expert will guide you through adverse event analysis

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2010

    It is just three short weeks until the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, and one of the...

Editor’s Choice: Quick training guide

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 6, 2010

    Occupational hazards in healthcare facilities bring a variety of OSHA standards into play. Many of...

Q&A: Chemicals and unlabeled containers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    Q: Where does OSHA say it is okay to transfer chemicals such as disinfectants into unlabeled...

Symposium spotlight: Steve MacArthur will explore the connections between EC and infection control

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2010

    We’re only six weeks away from the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, and one of...

AORN nixes home-laundering of scrubs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    Last week during its 57th annual meeting, the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses...

Symposium spotlight: Fredrick Roll will tell you how to better prepare for violence in the ED

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    The emergency department (ED) acts as funnel into the rest of your hospital, making it a danger...

Tip of the week: Strive for adequate NIMS training -- and download a free checklist

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    Here are some thoughts when it comes to training workers on the federal National Incident...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will teach you how to better apply ILSMs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    We’re less than two months away from the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7...

Q&A: Using isopropyl alcohol in the lab

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    Q: Must we always use an exhaust hood when working with isopropyl alcohol in the lab?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

    Many healthcare facilities, particularly family and pediatric practices, have toys in the waiting...

Attention vendors: Do you want to exhibit at the Hospital Safety Center Symposium?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is coming May 6-7, and we want to alert companies...

Simplify community planning with HSEEP guidelines

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    Whether it’s a biological attack, a natural disaster, or the large snowstorms currently...

Symposium spotlight: Joseph Cappiello will unravel disaster recovery strategies

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    As we count down to the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7, we want to highlight...

Draw the line on bad blood-drawing practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    Phlebotomy procedures present high risks for needlestick injuries and exposures to serious and...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    With many areas of the country experiencing winter weather that’s usually found in the...

Mac’s Safety Space: Be cautious about handcuff use, because CMS rules are clear

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Editor's Choice: Join our roundtable group and be eligible for a free book

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    Long-time readers of OSHA Healthcare Connection and OSHA Healthcare Advisor know that we put a lot...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 6, February 9, 2010

    With February being American Heart Month, it’s important to remember that automated external...

Hospital fired up about smoking employees

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Starting yesterday, Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, stopped considering job applicants who...

OSHA to add MSD check off to recordkeeping form

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    For businesses required to keep the OSHA Form 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, OSHA...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 2010

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Tip of the week: Consider using these MRI safety steps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    In light of a heavy fine in California, safety committees may want to verify that only appropriate...

Save time and unnecessary work with OSHA recordkeeping exemptions

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    You wouldn’t know by all the warnings from safety experts this past month, but the OSHA rule...

Drive-through checkups could work during a pandemic

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    Looks like you can add exams to the list of goods and services, like lattes and fast food, which...

Editor’s Choice: Download top five essential compliance tools

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 26, 2010

    OSHA Healthcare Advisor has compiled a list of the top five most downloaded compliance tools...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 12, 2010

    January 10-16 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Are you planning special educational...

Make early plans to attend the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    Attendees to the upcoming 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium will take away the latest...

Editor’s Choice: OSHA Healthcare Advisor Blog’s top 10 posts of 2009

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    OSHA Healthcare Advisor Blog takes a look back at the 10 blog posts that garnered the most views...

Q&A: Cleaning instruments between patients

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    Q: What is the optimal method for instrument cleaning between patients in our outpatient facility...

Editor's Choice: The dos and don'ts of safety discipline

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 29, 2009

    Safety officers in healthcare facilities need a plan when confronting employees who ignore OSHA...

Yes, patients can affect hand hygiene compliance among staff members

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Patients who watched a hand hygiene video were twice as likely to remind nurses and doctors to wash...

Editor’s Choice: Annual facility safety review

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    This is a good time of the year to plan the annual walk-around safety review for your practice...

Q&A: OSHA and fire extinguishers in physician practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require physician offices to have fire extinguishers available, if we are in a...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Holiday decorations are fun, but they could cause headaches for safety officers. How are you...

Decorations may test a safety officer's holiday spirit

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    There may be no getting around it, especially at this time of year, but a little bit of the Scrooge...

Q&A: OSHA annual electrical inspection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require medical practices to undergo an electrical inspection each year?

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 50, December 15, 2009

    In the wake of the FDA warning on the STERIS System 1 sterile processing system and the...

Needlesticks often plague medical students

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    It’s bad enough that medical students commonly suffer needlesticks, but many of them fail to...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 8, 2009

    Many healthcare workers have had needlestick injuries, but have you ever been stuck by a needle...

Tip of the week: Reinforce needlestick safety with your medical students

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    If your facility is a teaching hospital or you otherwise have medical students in your building...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, December 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Q&A: N95s for all?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    Q: We are an ambulatory surgery center. Does every employee need an N95 respirator for protection...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, December 1, 2009

    With many OSHA standards requiring initial and annual training, OSHA education can get expensive...

OSHA issues inspection rules for swine flu hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 24, 2009

    On Friday, November 20, OSHA posted a compliance directive for inspections concerning workplace...

Yes and no: ANA on flu respirator protection and mandatory shots

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently offered strong opinions on the two pressing H1N1...

Workers attacked in healthcare facilities

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    It’s been a difficult two weeks for healthcare workers in the Boston area, and not just...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 44, November 3, 2009

    Some healthcare facilities report using games and contests to get better results on hand hygiene...

Local incident prompts hospital to improve active shooter policy: Hospital educates staff members after shooting

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Learn how Southampton Memorial Hospital prepared for the unlikely event of a shooting after a...

Editor's Choice: Know your annual OSHA training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 27, 2009

    Under federal OSHA, annual hazard communication training is not required. Find out what you need...

Download 80 customizable paper patients for just $99

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    As part of HCPro’s new Emergency Preparedness Solutions series, you can now download 80...

With the holiday season starting soon, here's a free checklist to monitor decorations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    It won’t be long before holiday decorations start to show up on units and in offices, which...

Editor's Choice: Know your N95 respirator training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 20, 2009

    Now that the CDC and OSHA require you to protect your employers with N95 respirators from H1N1...

Former Joint Commission VP among those appearing at our one-day emergency management workshop

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 13, 2009

    Get help analyzing your hospital’s disaster plans while also bolstering your professional...

Emergency management tip: Review your communications

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    Communication duties for hospital emergency management coordinators involve keeping a large group...

Public supports mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    Patients who come to you for treatment or bring their children to you for care expect you to be...

Nursing home records now an OSHA inspection priority

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    OSHA is putting nursing homes under its enforcement microscope. The agency has announced a new...

Editor's Choice: Time to recheck your vaccine storage and handling procedures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 13, 2009

    An estimated 17%-37% of medical offices expose vaccine to improper storage, according to the CDC...

Still time to register for our special one-day emergency management conference in Atlanta

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    During HCPro’s Emergency Management Coordinator’s Workshop, which takes place October...

Hospital hopes to avoid CMS action following fatal surgical fire

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    An Illinois hospital’s alleged lapses when it comes to surgical fire prevention led to the...

Second Life aides disaster preparedness at Chicago hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Second Life, a software program through which people use avatars to create a lifelike virtual world...

OSHA wants harmony on protection from chemical hazards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    OSHA has proposed aligning the hazard communication standard with the United Nations Globally...

Editor's Choice: Plug-in to safe vaccine storage; keep your refrigerator running

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Placing a “do not unplug” sign next to the refrigerator's electrical outlet is a basic...

Q&A: Hepatitis B vaccination and non-responders

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Q: What does OSHA require from an employer when a new employee fails to respond to the hepatitis B...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, October 6, 2009

    Have you heard about the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    Healthcare facilities throughout the country have begun requiring flu vaccines in a very subtle...

No bad rap about this swine flu advice

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    Not all the news about H1N1 is grim as evidenced by the winning entries to the HHS 2009 H1N1 Public...

Mandatory flu shots have healthcare employers and workers on the hot seat

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 29, 2009

    Policies for mandatory vaccinations for seasonal and H1N1 flu are drawing praise from public health...

IL patient dies after an alleged operating room fire

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    A patient's death following an operating room flash fire serves as a good reminder for surgical...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    The importance of workplace violence education is fresh in everyone's mind after the death of a...

Q&A: Sterilizer records and logs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, September 22, 2009

    Q: What is the OSHA regulation on retaining sterilization records and logs?

NEXT WEEK! Practical take-home tools will be part of Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    Our new seminar, Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals, takes place September 24-25 in Boston...

It’s not too late to join us for our newest approach to life safety education

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    We’re just two weeks away from Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals, a convenient...

Lab research says H1N1 will not to mutate into super virus

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    For now H1N1 is the king of the hill of influenza viruses, and that is good. Researchers from the...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 36, September 8, 2009

    The infection prevention and safety device market will grow at 4.8% annually to $23.5 billion in...

Emergency slide provides quick fire escape

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    This week the two major hospitals in Missoula, MT, tested new emergency equipment that could be...

Mac’s Safety Space: Mixing valves to control water temperature

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Create a surge plan by working with clinical support

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    The emergency management coordinator can advance the development of a hospital surge plan to...

Peek at and speak up on NIOSH healthcare worker issues

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    In 2005 there was a nonfatal injury or illness episode every 47 seconds in healthcare and social...

Hospital to workers: Get a flu shot or else!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 35, September 1, 2009

    You might be seeing more of this in the near future. The largest hospital in West Virgina has...

Hospital Safety Center Symposium sessions now available as $99 audio recordings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    Those of you who were unable to attend our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in May can...

Mac’s Safety Space: Alarm transmission options are tight when it comes to fire drill requirements

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Understand how ESC ties in with challenges to life safety citations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    When it comes to successfully clarifying life safety citations from Joint Commission surveyors, key...

IOM weighs evidence on respirators for H1N1 protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    The debate continues—whether healthcare workers need to wear respirators, most likely N95s...

Free training on pandemic flu hazards from OSHA grantees

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    Small hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Maryland and Delaware areas may attend a free...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 33, August 18, 2009

    Last week The OSHA Healthcare Advisor blogged about a developing regulation in New York State that...

APIC: Safe injection practices are at the heart of preventing bloodborne illnesses

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) published a position...

Healthcare illnesses remain higher than national average

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Occupational illness in U.S. private industry decreased from 2003 to 2007, but the rate of illness...

Q&A: Bloodborne pathogens standard and contract workers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 11, 2009

    Q: What is my facility’s responsibility for the safety of contract workers under the...

Gas leak sends more than 100 to the hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 6, 2009

    A gas leak at ABC Disposal Inc., a trash transfer station in New Bedford, MA, sent 119 sickened...

Hospital safety measures contain chemical leak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 6, 2009

    Firefighters responded to a chemical leak inside Clarkson Hospital at the Nebraska Medical Center...

States receive funds to inspect ambulatory surgery centers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    The federal government is funding efforts to inspect and shore up infection control gaps in...

Tip of the week: We are twittering

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 4, 2009

    Yes, OSHA Healthcare Advisor is on twitter. Click here to see what we are covering—and...

Q&A: First-aid kits

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 28, 2009

    Q: What’s the OSHA standard on how many first-aid kits you need based on the number of...

Upcoming events will educate you about life safety and emergency management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    HCPro has two brand new seminars coming up in the fall that you’ll want to check out:

NIOSH: Healthcare not as safe a place to work as you may think

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Looking for a job providing a clean, sterile, and a safe place to work? Healthcare isn’t it...

Q&A: Refusing the hepatitis B vaccination

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    Q: May an employee refuse the hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine?

Mac’s Safety Space: Watch out for the ’E’ in your RACE procedures

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

It's official; CA has infectious airborne disease standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 14, 2009

    The first standard to protect healthcare workers from the spread of airborne pathogens will go into...

Lending a hand on hand hygiene

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 14, 2009

    The Joint Commission is offering Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges, a...

Q&A: OSHA and fire drills

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 14, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require an annual fire drill?

OSHA leaders to safety pros: "We're back."

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    “The Department of Labor is back in the enforcement business,” said Secretary of Labor...

Q&A: Break room sink and instrument decontamination

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 7, 2009

    Q: Is it OK to use the break room sink for soaking and decontaminating instruments?

CDC offers flu guidance for general workplaces

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Recognizing that employers play a significant role in helping to prevent flu transmission in the...

Correctional healthcare workers face added risks

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    The increased risks of bloodborne pathogens exposure to healthcare workers in correctional...

Q&A: Fashionable scrubs and safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 26, June 30, 2009

    Q: A number of uniform suppliers offer capri style scrub pants. Are laboratory techs and...

Mac’s Safety Space: Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridorsMac’s Safety Space: Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridors

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

SHEA nixes respirator use for protection from novel and seasonal flu

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Epidemiologists who first advised respirator use for the current flu pandemic now say it is not...

Goof-prone cartoon entertains and instructs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    When you see a scrub team member wearing Crocs with ventilation holes standing in a puddle of...

Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor survey; win a training video

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    We are so pleased with the number of visitors to the OSHA Healthcare Advisor that we want to know...

Q&A: Terrorist attacks and OSHA violations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 16, 2009

    Q: This may appear to be a weird question, but would OSHA fine a business for worker injuries from...

HCPro takes honors for its emergency management DVD

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 10, 2009

    We’re thrilled to announce that HCPro has won an international award for our emergency...

Survey detects MRI infection control shortcomings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Last year a white paper by Peter Rothschild, MD, drew attention to the lack of adequate infection...

Q&A: Training for bloodborne pathogens

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 9, 2009

    Q: When does OSHA require bloodborne pathogens training?

Q&A: HBV vacation and summer employment

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 22, June 2, 2009

    Q: Must an employer offer the hepatitis B vaccination to a summer employee who will not be employed...

Q&A: Waiting room aquarium

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 26, 2009

    Q: Is an aquarium allowed in the waiting room of a medical office?

OSHA will enforce pandemic-related regulations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 19, 2009

    Strained resources and lack of supplies won’t get you a pass from OSHA regulations during an...

FDA posts respirator use FAQ

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    The FDA posted a fact sheet addressing frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the use of masks and...

Hazardous drugs added to NIOSH list

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    NIOSH has proposed adding 24 pharmaceuticals to its list of hazardous drugs found in healthcare...

Q&A: MSDS information by telephone

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Q: Is receiving material safety data sheet (MSDS) information by telephone an adequate backup...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    When cases of influenza A H1N1 began to spread a little over two weeks ago, did you have a plan to...

Emergency prep will be a prime piece of next week’s Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    No doubt H1N1 swine flu preparation efforts will be on the minds of attendees to our 3rd Annual...

Free Web expo highlights Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    This Wednesday, May 6, is Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, an opportunity to...

California relaxes swine flu respirator rules

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Perhaps lost in the avalanche of swine flu, or influenza A (H1N1), information posted by federal...

Q&A: In-person training requirements

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 5, 2009

    Q: Must the trainer be physically present when conducting OSHA employee training?

Despite swine flu tensions, useful ideas abound at hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2009

    It’s likely that every hospital in the country is discussing what to do if swine flu...

Two weeks and counting until the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2009

    We’re just 14 days away from the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, which takes...

Mac's Safety Space: Don't wing it with family support during an emergency

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 30, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Hospitals prepare for swine flu outbreak

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    After cases of swine flu in Mexico and the U.S. became more prevalent over the weekend, civilian...

U.S. hospitals preparedness improving, but not perfect

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    A new report from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Biosecurity found...

Workers' Memorial Day April 28: For those who did not come home alive, healthy, or safe

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Today is Workers' Memorial Day, which recognizes U.S. workers who died or sustained injuries or...

Safety officer tip: Lettering in OSHA letters

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy list of OSHA interpretation letters to answer those...

CDC offers interim guidance on swine flu and respirator use

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    With early reports of swine-flu-related deaths in Mexico and 20 confirmed U.S. cases in five states...

Q&A: Respirators and beards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    Q: A male worker needs to be fit tested for an N95 respirator, but has a beard and will not shave...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 28, 2009

    A report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations claims that...

Symposium spotlight: Joseph Cappiello and Marge McFarlane will analyze disaster planning strategies

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    The overlap among various emergency planning approaches will be at the heart of the closing session...

AFL-CIO: Healthcare workers not protected from pandemic flu danger

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    Many healthcare facilities exhibit a “lack of readiness” to protect workers in the...

Q&A: Physician, do thy laundry

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 21, 2009

    Q: A doctor in our practice so strongly objects to paper gowns that she is willing to do the...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will help you rein in life safety challenges

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    We’re less than a month away from the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, which...

Saving your blood, backs and lungs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    Responding to a membership survey identifying the top three workplace hazards in healthcare, the...

State acts on doctor associated with hepatitis outbreak

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    New Jersey state regulators have suspended the medical license of an oncologist who could have...

Q&A: Lids on red-bag waste containers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 14, 2009

    Q: Where can I find the OSHA regulation for lids on red-bag containers? We are having a dispute on...

Tip of the week: Review NIOSH’s recommendations for respirator use during biological incidents

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    For those of you involved with emergency planning for potential biological weapons and agents, the...

Symposium spotlight: Safety’s ’greatest hits’ from Steve MacArthur

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    Attendees at our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 at Caesars Palace in Las...

Lab worker threatened from Ebola exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    A life-threatening needlestick to a researcher in Germany and new fact sheets sponsored by OSHA...

Mercury spill suspends OR operations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    The operating room at Sun Health Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ, became non-operational when 22...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 14, April 7, 2009

    Annual safety retraining is often viewed by staff members as a repetitive burden rather than an...

Tip of the week: FDA warns about use of insulin pens for multiple patients

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2009

    Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release warning healthcare...

Symposium spotlight: Marge McFarlane will help you improve staff education

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2009

    Those of you looking for ways to better train your coworkers about safety have good reason to...

Symposium spotlight: We've extended our early bird discount and reduced room rates

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    Good news for those of you who want to attend HCPro’s 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center...

Mac’s Safety Space: Getting clinicians to see the importance of unobstructed fire safety equipment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will detail the importance of life safety drawings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Considering our first item above, you’ll have a renewed appreciation of life safety floor...

The weapons dilemma: Should you arm security?

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    The threat of weapons inside a hospital is a terrifying scenario for any safety officer. Yet every...

Bloodborne remains No. 1, but asbestos jump is notable

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Although bloodborne pathogens violations continue to be the top employee safety issue in general...

Homeland security tool can help critique disaster drills

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Figuring out disaster drills—what kind of exercises to do and determining their...

Symposium spotlight: Joseph Cappiello will help you improve emergency preparation with your community

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    An important presentation at the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 at Caesars...

Mac’s Safety Space: Safety education for LIPs doesn’t have to center on test scores

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Dean Samet will explain The Joint Commission's new criticality scoring

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    As the weeks count down to the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 at Caesars...

Tip of the week: If budget cuts come calling, prioritize security training for staff members

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    In this period of potential cutbacks in training budgets, one quick idea for security education is...

Mac’s Safety Space: The use of safety vests by snow-clearing workers hinges on risk assessment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Medical Environment Update, February 2009

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    Medical Environment Update is a monthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety...

CDC offers insight to revised Field Triage Guidelines

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report with guidelines...

Q&A: Eliminating material safety data sheets without incurring an OSHA violation

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    May I eliminate material safety data sheets for household products without incurring an OSHA...

Tip of the week: Anticipate late-arriving victims following large crashes

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Last week’s plane crash into the Hudson River in New York City provided a call to action to...

An ergonomics standard isn't a lock even with Obama in office

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Don’t be too sure that OSHA under President Obama will release an ergonomics standard. At a...

Q&A: End-of-the-day exam room cleaning

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    Q: I’m concerned that housekeeping staff are not cleaning and replacing the paper on exam...

Tip of the week: Inauguration offers all hospital a chance to review emergency plans

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    Though any other city outside of Washington, D.C., will probably never host a presidential...

EC competency provisions are now officially back on your plate

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    Don’t forget that as of January 1, safety competency requirements for staff members have...

Tip of the week: Think about how you’d locate a missing patient

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    Last month, we reported on a patient who wandered onto the roof of The University of Pittsburgh...

Mac’s Safety Space: Some thoughts about The Joint Commission’s new EPs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Even more Joint Commission changes occur to the standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    As we reported earlier this week in Mac’s Safety Space, The Joint Commission released a...

Military to assist with future natural disasters

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 1, January 6, 2009

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is planning to use an unlikely source to provide more...

Avoid violence in the emergency department

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Ask any hospital safety director and they will tell you violence in the ED is becoming an...

Ask the expert

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Does hand washing surveillance fall under OSHA? What's the difference between serious and willful...

In the news

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Depending the type of facility you work at, you may be enjoying an OSHA exemption this month. In...

Disinfection and sterilization guideline and MRSA policy

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    This month, Quality America focuses on the new CDC guideline for disinfection and sterilization and...

Medical Environment Update January, 2009

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Medical Environment Update is a monthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety...

Occupational Health and Safety Forms

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 0, December 17, 2008

    These Occupational Health and Safety Forms provide you with all of the updates for your OSHA Health...

Patient wanders to a hospital roof and dies outside

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 9, 2008

    The family of a dementia patient is wondering why the woman got out of her room at a Pittsburgh...

Mac’s Safety Space: When security gets drafted into caregiving mode

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 3, 2008

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Hospital allegedly didn't report gunshot wound suffered by pro athlete

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 3, 2008

    A New York City hospital is in hot water with the mayor after at least one healthcare worker...

Medical Environment Update December, 2008

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Medical Environment Update is a monthly newsletter focusing on OSHA compliance and general safety...

Healthcare’s "dirty little secret" can create a big security challenge

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    In October 2007, a New Jersey hospital suspended 27 workers for accessing actor George...

Ten tips to prepare for a surge in pediatric patients

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Research showing how well hospitals nationwide are equipped to handle disasters affecting children...

Hospitals live through Ike and Gustav and tell you what they learned about emergency preparations

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    When Hurricanes Gustav and Ike respectively slammed southwest Louisiana and east Texas in late...

Upcoming EtO sterilizer rule takes effect in December

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    You should pay attention to an important upcoming deadline, as a rule mandating that hospitals run...

Mac’s Safety Space: A quick rundown of certified safety programs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Largest earthquake drill prepares California

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 18, 2008

    One of the largest earthquakes ever hit California last Thursday, and nobody felt a...

Suspect in alleged patient assault slips by authorities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 12, 2008

    Authorities in Scranton, PA, are looking for a man who allegedly fondled a patient at Mercy...

Tip of the week: Let TV play a role in your emergency management exercises

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 5, 2008

    We recently read about a disaster drill that utilized a component others might want to consider:

Ask The Expert

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 6, November 5, 2008

    This month's "Ask the Expert" answers questions about source patient blood draw, cleaning...

Study finds ED staff concerned "dirty bomb" attack

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 40, October 21, 2008

    A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has found that...

Sharps injury log, artificial nails, staffing agency, anonymous complaints, physicians as employees

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 5, September 1, 2008

    Although the bloodborne pathogens section of OSHA standards generally requires employers to keep a...