Q&A: What about a note from my doctor to allow drinking beverages at work?

OSHA Healthcare Connection, December 14, 2010

Q: We are not allowed to drink beverages at the front desk to our dental practice because of OSHA’s rule about blood exposure. But some of us need to drink water frequently because of medical conditions. Can a doctor’s note get this OSHA rule changed for us?

A: It’s doubtful that a note from your doctor will sway your employer to ignore Bloodborne Pathogens standard enforcement.

But the first thing you need to ascertain is if the non-beverage policy at the front desk is indeed for OSHA reasons or is it an office/corporate policy for the sake of professional appearance.

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