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IS OSHA COMPLIANCE AN ANNUAL REQUIREMENT?
The answer is yes. Every year, each site within your practice must document a Certified Hazard Analysis, identifying actual and potential workplace hazards. Your written programs should be revised to reflect these items and any changes in the regulations/standards. Take credit for your efforts, and be sure to document your efforts to resolve those issues throughout the year
HOW OFTEN DOES OSHA & INFECTION CONTROL TRAINING NEED TO BE COMPLETED?
All employees of a practice, including principals must complete OSHA and Infection Control training at the point of hire and at least annually thereafter
Competency must be documented for all staff who process critical and semi-critical devices at the same intervals
IS IT TRUE THAT NEVADA HAS ITS OWN PROGRAM AND THE CANNED, OFF-THE-SHELF PROGRAMS WON'T MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?
It depends. Nevada does indeed have their own OSHA standards that meet or exceed the Federal Standard in many areas. If you are able to supplement a canned program with state specific information, you can meet the requirement. For most practices, however, the process is too time consuming, and more often than not, never gets completed
CAN I USE VIDEOS TO TRAIN MY STAFF ON OSHA & INFECTION CONTROL?
Generally speaking, no. Many of the OSHA standards that impact healthcare providers mandate interactive training sessions ; with the ability for the trainer to answer student questions. This is difficult to achieve with videos. All Compliance Alliance training is completed onsite, with seasoned Safety Engineers. Those same Safety Engineers teach webinars weekly to enable your organization to train new hires within the required time frame
I HAVE BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS AND HAZCOM PROGRAMS. ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS
The answer is absolutely. OSHA programs that impact healthcare extend beyond HAZCOM and BBP. You must have written programs and documented training on all of them. Depending on the services offered in your organization, at minimum they may include:
Emergency Action Plan
Personal Protective Equipment
CAN I WAIT UNTIL MY EMPLOYEES HAVE FINISHED THEIR PROBATIONARY PERIOD PRIOR TO COMPLETE THEIR TRAINING?
The answer is absolutely NO. Your employees will be exposed to potential hazards in your workplace from the moment they begin working. In addition, if their role in any way impacts infection prevention or instrument processing/sterilization, it is essential you train them according to the CDC standards you adopted. Document their competency prior to allowing that employee to work independently. The health and safety of your patients and staff depend on it