Ask the expert: When in doubt--or ignorant--blame it on OSHA

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 5, 2011

Q: Is it an OSHA regulation that a carry-out coffee with a lid on the container cannot be brought into the ICU unit of a hospital? I was advised by the staff today that it was. My husband has been in several hospitals over the last three months and this is the first time I heard this. Please advise.

A: It is not an OSHA violation, as OSHA only regulates employee safety. But it’s too bad you didn’t get a proper explanation.

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