Accreditation

Q&A with Kurt Patton

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, November 1, 2007

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Q: At a conference, one of our department directors heard that some of his peers have received RFIs for not having eyewash stations in areas we do not have stations (e.g., dish washing rooms). He wants our facility to install additional stations based on this information. Because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises having eyewash stations in areas where exposure is likely to happen, I've advocated performing a risk assessment for these additional areas to determine whether it's necessary to add additional eyewash stations. Who should we turn to for guidelines, and what should we take into consideration during the risk assessment?

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