Q&A: Waiting room aquarium

OSHA Healthcare Connection, May 26, 2009

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

A: The CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities does not prohibit aquariums in waiting areas. However, it recommends against having such features in patient care areas.

The guidelines say to establish regular cleaning policies for the aquarium and to assign the cleaning task to a nonpatient-care staff member.

See the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools page to download an infection control survey specific to physician offices.