“Free Respiratory Training Protection for Healthcare Workers is Available” #Healthcare

A short, self-paced online program preparing healthcare workers to use respiratory protection is available from AAOHN and satisfies the annual Federal OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard's (1910.134 CFR) training requirements. Designed by experts from AAOHN, AOHP and ANA with a NIOSH grant, this online training program prepares you and your staff for respiratory protection in the … Continue reading “Free Respiratory Training Protection for Healthcare Workers is Available” #Healthcare

“OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard To Add Two Additional Fit-Testing Protocols”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syj_zeNtLGI OSHA Trade Release U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office of Communications Washington, D.C. http://www.osha.gov For Immediate Release   October 6, 2016 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999 OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard to add two additional fit-testing protocols WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued … Continue reading “OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard To Add Two Additional Fit-Testing Protocols”

“FDA Issues Final Rule On Safety And Effectiveness Of Antibacterial Soaps”

Rule removes triclosan and triclocarban from over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body washes The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers … Continue reading “FDA Issues Final Rule On Safety And Effectiveness Of Antibacterial Soaps”

“OSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers”

Highlights NEW Zika Virus Protection for Outdoor Workers. OSHA QuickCard™ (Publication 3880), (2016). Also available in Spanish. NEW Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus. OSHA-NIOSH Fact Sheet (Publication 3855), (2016). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued “interim guidance” to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing … Continue reading “OSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers”

“Download OSHA’s New 2016 HAZCOM – SDS Guidance Manual Here”

Download OSHA's New 2016 HAZCOM - SDS Guidance Manual in PDF format here: https://lnkd.in/bxmuBaz Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products. As of … Continue reading “Download OSHA’s New 2016 HAZCOM – SDS Guidance Manual Here”

“Ebola” – What You Need To Know”

This web page provides information about Ebola viruses and EHF for workers and employers. The web page includes sections on: Background, including the origins of Ebola virus and EHF Hazard recognition Medical information Standards for protecting workers from Ebola virus Control and prevention of EHF Additional resources Quick Facts: Ebola virus and EHF Currently, Ebola … Continue reading “Ebola” – What You Need To Know”

Health Care Workers Lack Hazardous Chemicals Training According To NIOSH

"Safeguarding health care workers from potential occupational hazards is an essential part of providing good jobs for these dedicated men and women, and furthering high-quality patient care," NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard said. Health care workers who routinely come in contact with hazardous chemicals lack training and awareness of employer procedures to adequately protect themselves … Continue reading Health Care Workers Lack Hazardous Chemicals Training According To NIOSH

Safety Comic of the Day – February 9, 2014

Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves and tendons. Work related MSDs (including those of the neck, upper extremities and low back) are one of the leading causes of lost workday injury and illness. Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk factors at … Continue reading Safety Comic of the Day – February 9, 2014

OSHA – “Worker Safety In Hospitals”

A Lot Has Changed Since 1979!! Did you know that a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work? In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees. This is almost twice the rate for private industry as a … Continue reading OSHA – “Worker Safety In Hospitals”

OSHA QuickTakes – January 16, 2013

New resources available on protecting hospital workers, enhancing patient safety OSHA hosts informal public meeting, extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses Stakeholders join OSHA for silica rulemaking Web chat Listening sessions seek public input on chemical safety Assistant Secretary Michaels addresses National COSH Conference, celebrates graduating class … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – January 16, 2013

Heavily Soiled Healthcare Linens Not ‘Regulated Waste,’ Per OSHA

Long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers are not required to dispose of contaminated linen as “regulated waste,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration clarified in a recent letter. The letter came in response to queries from the Association for Linen Management and the American Reusable Textile Association. Healthcare laundry operators who belong to these … Continue reading Heavily Soiled Healthcare Linens Not ‘Regulated Waste,’ Per OSHA

Workplace Injury Report : On The Job Injuries Are Highest Amongst Health Care Employees

There are more work injuries in the U.S. health care industry than in any other and government safety regulators are doing too little about it. That's according to a new report by Public Citizen, a nonprofit, consumer advocacy group. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the industries with the highest numbers … Continue reading Workplace Injury Report : On The Job Injuries Are Highest Amongst Health Care Employees

“Hurricane Sandy” Was A Practice Drill in 1997. Pretty Realistic, Wouldn’t You Say?

The Hurricane Simulation Westchester County Communications Officer Sandy Fried, an Amateur Radio operator and ODES staff member, had recently attended a training seminar at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Part of the training was a simulation using data from the Hurricane of 1938 that caused major losses on Long Island and in Westchester. The … Continue reading “Hurricane Sandy” Was A Practice Drill in 1997. Pretty Realistic, Wouldn’t You Say?

2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC

Based upon the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC, the sequence for CPR has been changed from A-B-C (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing). Changing the sequence from A-B-C to C-A-B allows all rescuers to begin chest compressions right away. Research shows that rescuers who started CPR with opening the airway took 30 critical … Continue reading 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC

FDA Adds New AEDs to Existing Class 1 Recall

WASHINGTON -- The FDA has expanded its Class I recall of some automatic external defibrillators (AED) due to reports of malfunction. The announcement adds to the recall issued in November of defective Powerheart and CardioVive AED models manufactured by Cardiac Science Corporation from August 2003 to August 2009. The recall was again updated in February … Continue reading FDA Adds New AEDs to Existing Class 1 Recall

OSHA Protections May Include Airborne Infectious Disease, Safe Patient Handling

OSHA recently solidified leadership for the agency and has provided a clearer picture of the regulatory horizon. First of all, David Michaels, PhD, MPH, assumed his position as head of OSHA when the Senate confirmed his nomination as assistant secretary of Labor for occupational safety and health. Nominated by President Barack Obama on June 28, … Continue reading OSHA Protections May Include Airborne Infectious Disease, Safe Patient Handling