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Infection Control Tips in Ambulatory Care Settings

One of the models of healthcare that is growing most quickly and becoming more popular is the ambulatory clinic. Many times large hospitals or health care networks will introduce ambulatory clinics or offices as a way to provide faster, more efficient care while reducing costs.

There are quite a few different ambulatory care settings, which include urgent care clinics, emergency departments independent of larger hospitals, and retail clinics.

While the benefits of ambulatory settings can be significant when it comes to keeping costs low for companies and patients, and also for providing care for more people with increased efficiency, it’s a model that isn’t without challenges.

There has been an increased focus by the CDC to help ambulatory clinics and facilities to develop proper protocols and procedures to keep them as safe as conventional hospitals.

The following are some tips for ambulatory care centers to maintain infection control standards that keep care providers and patients safe.

Allocate Proper Resources

In a traditional hospital setting, a significant amount of resources both regarding budgets and personnel, go toward infection control. The same should be true of ambulatory care clinics and settings.

An administrative or managerial professional should also be in charge of creating policies and standards, as well as making sure that not only precautions are followed, but also that the required supplies and equipment are on hand to prevent the spread of infection. This can include things like personal protective equipment and other hygiene supplies.

Train All Employees

In an ambulatory setting, it’s a good idea to provide all employees with some level of training about infection control.

Then, beyond general safety and hygiene training, it can also be advisable to provide job-specific training on infection control and prevention standards as well.

For employees that are already trained, it can be a good rule of thumb to implement regular retraining on an annual or semi-annual basis.

Provide Guidance for Patients

Many times people visit ambulatory clinics and care environments and ultimately are exposed to infections simply from being there and being around sick people.

It’s important that as part of any infection control plan, ambulatory administrators provide the necessary reminders not just to staff, but also to patients. This can include signage that’s clear and easy to read, and if necessary, provided in multiple languages.

This can instruct patients on things such as respiratory hygiene measures and hand sanitizing that can take place to protect themselves and others against the spread of infection.

As a final note, when you are in charge of operations in an ambulatory clinic, it can be valuable to contract a professional medical waste management company to provide not only compliant management of medical and hazardous waste but also to deliver training and relevant information to employees.

Look for a medical waste company that can specifically address the needs of your ambulatory clinic, based on size and scope of service, and also one that offers options such as OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen and Medical Waste Management Procedures training.

The Definitive Guide To Medical Staff Training

Guide to Training Your Medical Office or Clinic Staff

If you’re in charge of a medical practice or clinic, do you understand the importance of making sure all employees are comprehensively trained?

It’s possible that you don’t, but the benefits of a well-trained staff including front and back employees can mean big benefits for the entire practice.

Some of the ways thoroughly training employees can benefit a practice include:

  • Doctors TrainingTrained employees are going to be more efficient. Also, if you work to cross-train your staff, you won’t face gaps if an employee is out of work or leaves the practice.
  • Medical settings are regulated by standards that include OSHA and HIPAA, so it’s not just advisable for medical offices to invest in employee training and development. Governmental laws and regulations also mandate it.
  • Well-trained staff members are going to translate to a better customer service experience, which will help keep patients loyal and can also serve as a way to attract new patients.

We’ve broken down Medical Staff Training into several categories and have included additional resources in each section. You can click the links below to visit any section of this guide.

HIPAA Training for Medical Offices

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA, is one of the most important regulatory laws impacting all healthcare settings, including even small medical offices and clinics.

The goal of HIPPA is to protect the privacy of patients and their healthcare information, and also provide guidelines as to how healthcare information is to be processed and maintained.

HIPAA rules are established by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and they not only protect the healthcare information of patients, but also outline patients right, and there are some protections offered to health care providers under the law as well.

It’s essential that all staff members including front and back employees are thoroughly trained on HIPAA, and as the regulations do tend to change and evolve rather quickly, training should be updated periodically.

Many compliance issues are the results of unintentional acts of employees, but a violation can lead to a penalty of up to $50,000 each. A violation can also damage the credibility and reputation of a practice.

Understanding HIPAA Compliance Resources:

 

HIPAA Training Best Practices

The HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security rule both carry specific training requirements and covered entities and business associates are required to provide training to staff including doctors, nurses, business associates and subcontractors. Essentially, anyone who is in contact with protected health information needs training.

HIPAA training must include not only information on the specifics of the law but also training on specific policies and procedures. There are different options available for the delivery of this training, ranging from an internal expert to outsourced training. Increasingly, medical practices are also using online courses.

When an HIPAA auditor works with your practice, they’re going to be looking for training logs, so it’s important to keep up-to-date records on all staff training.

HIPAA Training Videos

HIPAA Training Videos

OSHA Training and Compliance

HIPAA ComplicanceThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines their mission as being to save lives, prevent injuries and protect American workers. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor, and they describe state plans and guidelines to ensure all U.S. workplaces are safe, including medical and dental offices.

One of the primary OSHA standards impacting medical and dental offices is the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Some of the requirements include a written exposure control plan, updated annually, the implementation of universal precautions, safe needles and sharps usage, employee training and proper containment of regulated waste.

General OSHA Standards Resources

OSHA Requirements and Standards for Medical Offices

The most frequently referred standard impacting medical offices is bloodborne pathogens. Also important to consider in training are how various containers including sharps disposal boxes, contaminated laundry, and certain specimens are handled and disposed of.

The hazard communication standard says medical employers must have a written hazard communication program, and this also mandates employee training. Other areas of OSHA regulations that could impact medical office training fall under the category of Ionizing Radiation, which applies to any facility with an x-ray machine.

Additional Resources:

Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms found in human fluid and blood. They can include things like hepatitis and HIV. Sharps and needle-related injuries can expose healthcare employees to bloodborne pathogens, so it’s important to not only know the OSHA regulations covering this area but also to understand your responsibilities as an employer.

Blood Bank ProcedureHighlights of OSHA training requirements on bloodborne pathogens include the establishment of an exposure control plan that’s updated annually. Universal precautions must be implemented, and employees must be provided with personal protective equipment and trained on its proper usage.

Employers are required to ensure workers receive regular training, and it must be offered on initial assignment and at least on a yearly basis after that. The training is required to be presented in a way that the employee can understand, and the employer is required to maintain a sharps injury log as well as training records.

OSHA Guidelines for Medical Employers:

OSHA Training GuidelinesTraining Guidance and Resources for OSHA Compliance

EHR and Technology Training

For quite a few years Electronic Health Record (EHR) software training has been essential in healthcare settings, and with the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, that became even more relevant.

Many medical practices are moving away from paper-based records keeping and are instead becoming almost entirely reliant on technology and electronic records management. Through this process, employee training can help make for a smoother transition, and also ensure the number of errors is reduced.

Thorough EHR and technology training in a medical setting can also help employees feel more confident and less frustrated, leading to better communication throughout the office, and less staff turnover.

When designing ERH training, or any type of training for new software that will be used in a practice, it’s important to have a plan in place, and to have one or two key staff members who are trained before the rest of the staff, so they can serve as resources and guides throughout training.

It’s important that training is role-based so each employee is learning the functionalities of the software or EHR program most relevant to their job, and along with training on the technicalities of the EHR system, it’s essential that training also includes practical and process-centric elements. This means employees will learn how the software will be used on a daily basis, in realistic scenarios they’re likely to encounter.

Vendors may also be useful resources to help practices set-up EHR employee training.

EHR Training Tips and Guidelines Resources

Customer Service Training for a Medical Environment

While many of the above training areas for medical offices and clinical settings have focused on regulations and technical considerations, something that’s also key to the successful operation of a medical office is customer service training. Despite the importance of this area of training, it’s the most often overlooked in most practices and clinics.

A national survey called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems was launched in 2006, and it was designed to create a comparison system for customer service in hospitals, while also incentivizing hospitals to improve their quality of care and create accountability.

Role of Health Care IndustryIn 2010, the Hospital Value-based Purchase Program was established by the Affordable Care Act, and similarly, it dictates random surveys of patients, with monetary incentives for quality of care.

While these surveys are directed specifically at hospitals, there’s increasing pressure on all healthcare providers and businesses to focus on customer service.

Resources for The Role of Customer Service in Healthcare:

Training Healthcare Employees to Provide Excellent Service

Health Care Employees TrainingThere are a few areas to focus on when providing customer service training to medical employees.

The first step should always be outlining a standard of service and what’s expected. Then, training can move on to general concepts of what it is to deliver the best service possible in a healthcare setting.

This can focus on empathy and interpersonal communication, as well as soft skills. This training should also outline how to communicate with patients in a way that’s clear and concise, easily understood and there should be training on how to handle patients who might be scared, confused or generally upset with a situation.

Guides and Resources for Customer Service Training in Healthcare

As mentioned at the start of this guide, cross-training employees is incredibly valuable in a medical office setting.

Some of the benefits of cross-training employees include:

  • Medical Employee TrainingMedical practices won’t have to use temp agencies if someone isn’t available for work for a period of time.
  • There is a sense of continuity and consistency in operation when employees are cross-trained.
  • When employees are cross-trained there tends to be more documentation and rigid guidelines in how things are done, which can help avoid the likelihood of fines or other issues stemming from violations.
  • Employees tend to be more empowered and ready to make decisions and take ownership of their jobs when they’re cross-trained.

What’s important to realize with cross-training employees in a medical office setting is that while it carries many advantages, it does take time, effort and some monetary investment, although the ROI is generally much higher.

Cross Training GuidelinesGuides to Cross-Training in a Medical Practice

Creating a Training Plan

Training PlanThe above are the main areas of training that need to be addressed in most medical office and clinical settings. Every practice or medical office is going to have unique requirements that will determine the specifics of training, but the above serves as a good starting point.

Once these areas have been reviewed, the practice can start building a customized training plan.

The following are steps to follow to deliver effective, efficient and valuable training to all staff members in a healthcare setting.

  • 1 – Outline Guidelines and Requirements

planYou can start with general laws and regulatory guidelines that are pertinent to your medical practice, such as the ones listed above. Begin creating training needs and competencies based on these areas, and then move on to the specifics required of employees at your practice. You can divide training guidelines and requirements by position, or segment them based on front and back office staff.

  • 2 – Assess Gaps with Current Staff

General Clinical TrainingTo target your training and make sure it’s as effective as possible, assess gaps that might be present in the knowledge or skills of existing staff members. This will show you where to focus your training efforts, and also give you a baseline for measuring the effectiveness of training.

  • 3 – Decide on a Training Delivery Format

Clinical Delivery FormatYou have quite a few options as far as how you’ll deliver training to your medical office employees, ranging from interactive e-Learning to traditional reading materials. You can also have internal employees responsible for leading and supervising guided training, or you might outsource employee training to an expert third-party organization. The most successful approach is often when that combines several different formats, such as videos, seminars, reading and e-Learning.

  • 4 – Measure Knowledge After Training

Measure KnowledgeOnce you’ve created and implemented employee training, measure the knowledge of employees. This will help you refine later training efforts, make sure staff are adequately prepared, and you may also want to keep this information on-hand for regulatory and compliance reasons.

  • 5 – Develop Onboarding for New Employees

On boarding ProcessIn addition to training for existing employees to make sure they’re up-to-date on practice procedures and regulatory requirements, you should also develop training for new hires that focuses on these areas, but also helps them understand the cultural and “soft” expectations of employees in the practice.

  • 6 – Reassess As-Needed

Reassess As-NeededYour training should be viewed as something that’s always changing and evolving, as the standards in the medical industry are frequently doing the same. Reassess your training materials for relevance and accuracy, and also make sure employees are re-trained on a regular basis.

Resources for Creating an Employee Training Plan

Top Tips to Create a Compliance Plan for Your Medical Office

Compliance in a medical setting is essential. This can include everything from compliance regarding the disposal of medical waste, to HIPAA standards. Even small, family practices with one or two care providers need to have an in-depth standardized compliance in place, not only to avoid potential regulatory issues but also to keep employees and patients safe and well-cared for.

It’s also important for most medical offices to ensure they have rigorous compliance plans in place in order to participate in programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

The following are some tips and guidelines to keep in mind to create a clear, concrete compliance plan in a medical office or setting of any size.

Select a Compliance Officer

One of the biggest reasons medical practices fail regarding full compliance is because they don’t appoint someone as a compliance officer.

It’s important to designate one person to fill this role, because they’ll be able to organize compliance-related issues and actions, and other employees will have a point person to go to if they have questions or concerns.

When selecting a compliance officer, it’s a good idea to choose someone such as a nurse or office manager, and then provide them with in-depth training.

Responsibilities of a compliance officer include not only developing but also implementing the entirety of a compliance program.

The ideal candidate is someone who has knowledge not only of the clinical elements of the practice but also some level of understanding of the business and billing processes.

Create Written Standards

Your compliance plan needs to be as specific, well-documented and standardized as possible. To achieve this, having written guidelines and manuals is important. This provides an easy source for training new employees, and printed materials can also be used as a reference by existing employees.

These written standards should be regularly reviewed to ensure they continue to meet the needs of your practice.

Train Employees and Keep Records

Along with outlining the standards and procedures required in the practice, training employees and keeping detailed records of this training is one of the most important elements of a successful compliance plan.

Choose a method of training that works best for your organization. Many medical practices will contract with their medical waste services provider for compliance training, or they might combine third-party training with some level of self-paced learning or e-Learning.

Define How Non-Compliance Is Handled

Just as a compliance plan should include detailed information about how employees can remain compliant and address the specific risks of the medical practice, there should also be details included regarding how non-compliance is handled.

A good compliance plan will outline standards for how issues will be reported and then subsequently treated. For example, will disciplinary action be taken? Will there be retraining to deal with noncompliance? What will the investigation look like if something is reported?

Having a compliance plan in place is necessary for all medical practices, as a means to define employee behaviors as well as how potential issues will be tackled if they should arise.

How Do Hospitals Get Rid of Medical Waste?

surgical wasteBelieve it or not, medical facilities produce about 2 millions tons of hospital wastes every year. This absurd amount of waste is broken down into four types: general, hazardous, radioactive, and infectious medical wastes. While the vast majority (85%) of these hospital wastes are general and can be tossed away like trash, the other 15% need to be handled with more care, lest the dangerous garbage pose a threat to the public and to the environment.

Although 15% doesn’t sound like too much, that’s still more than half a billion pounds of dangerous waste. If it can’t be tossed out, then how do medical facilities deal with it all?

Incineration
One of the most common medical waste disposal methods used to treat chemical and surgical wastes is incineration, which is the controlled burning of medical waste in an incinerator. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, incineration is used to treat about 90% of surgical wastes. However, some states, including California, prohibit the incineration of surgical waste.

Auto-Claving
If the medical waste isn’t incinerated, then chances are that it’s autoclaved. Autoclaves are closed chambers that use both heat and pressure (and sometimes they use steam) to sterilize medical equipment. They destroy microorganisms on surgical waste, like scalpels, so that the tools can be reused, and they eliminate all the microorganisms that might have been present in medical waste before it’s put in a landfill. Essentially, autoclaving allows doctors to reuse tools, and makes garbage safe to go in landfills.

With such a massive amount of waste being generated by the healthcare industry, medical facilities need to have a way to effectively and efficiently treat and dispose of medical waste.

Incineration and autoclaving are the two most popular medical waste disposal practices around. If you have any questions about how chemical and surgical wastes are disposed, feel free to ask in the comments.

How to Safely and Properly Throw Away Old Medicines

chemical wasteHospitals and health care facilities might have their own, highly regulated, infectious medical waste disposal methods, but what about homeowners? What is the everyday individual to do with the medical hazardous waste and chemical waste they may wind up producing at home?

For decades, people were told to dump their medical and chemical wastes down the toilets, but then in 2002, the U.S. Geological Survey sampled 130 streams in 30 different states, and found that 80% of them had measurable concentrations of prescription and nonprescription drugs, steroids, and reproductive hormones. As it turned out, flushing hospital wastes and chemical wastes down the toilet was a fairly destructive practice.

Nowadays, there’s a much safer, environmentally friendly way to dispose of chemical wastes. Here’s how.

Determine If Prescriptions Are Expired.
Determining the expiration date of a drug is a fairly difficult thing to do. Although manufacturers print a “use by” date on their bottles or packages, this number does not necessarily mean it isn’t safe to take the medicine after the date has passed. However, for a patient’s safety, it’s best to toss medicines that have either reached, or almost reached, their expiration dates, as the stability of the drug cannot be guaranteed.

Mix Them With Coffee Grounds and Toss Them.
When throwing out expired, or unwanted medicines, it’s best to mix the chemical waste with old, used coffee grounds. Put grounds in a plastic, seal-able container, and mix the medicine in so that it’s not just on the bottom or on the top, but thoroughly in there. Then, close and seal the container, and throw it away.

Bring Them to a Drop Off Site.
There are also drop off sites patients can use to dispose of their old, expired medicines, too. Typically, police stations and pharmacies have such drop off sites, and if they don’t, they’ll be able to let you know where you can find one.

The medical and chemical waste disposal service industry is worth $5 billion for a reason. Hospitals and patients generate an exorbitant amount of medical waste every day, after all. One ebola patient, for example, will generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste in a single day. Yet, it’s also not a perfect industry — about 16 billion injections are administered worldwide every year, but not all of the needles and syringes are properly disposed of afterwards, for example — which is all the more reason you need to be careful about how you dispose of medical and chemical waste at home.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

Top Ways Businesses Save Money When They Go Green

Every business, including medical practices and healthcare facilities, should ultimately be investing in the quest to go green. The reason isn’t just that they’ll reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprint. It’s also financial. Going green, including as a medical practice, is going to save money and in some instances even help you earn more money.

Unfortunately, there are still quite a few companies and medical offices and facilities that aren’t really making the effort to be more eco-friendly, and they’re missing out on savings opportunities as a result.

Below are some ways going green, particularly as a medical office, can save or make you money.

Less Money Spent on Supplies

As a medical practice, think about all the money that’s spent on paper products, printing cartridges, and other basic office supplies. The costs can add up incredibly quickly, but one solution to become greener and eliminate these unnecessary costs is to move to electronic records management as much as is possible.

This has the added benefit of not only reducing your consumption and saving money, but it can also tend to be a more accurate way to manage patient information.

Avoiding Fines

In some instances, if you’re not doing your part to dispose of your medical waste properly and follow OSHA regulations, you may face fines.

If you partner with a company like MedAssure, then you have the benefit of not only reducing your costs by at least 15%, but you’re also receiving OSHA training services and your waste management plan will exceed regulatory standards. This is good for the environment and can save your medical practice money in a number of ways.

Lower Utility Costs

For many businesses and healthcare offices, particularly larger ones, one of the most significant monthly costs they incur comes in the form of their energy bill. There are easy ways you can make changes in this area, from changing the type of lightbulbs you use, to keeping lights off in exam rooms that are unused.

In some parts of the U.S., businesses can even contact their utility provider and purchase green power derived from renewable sources. To find ways your business can lower energy consumption, to an audit, and you’re likely to discover that even small things like sealing cracks can save big money.

Tax Credits

No business owner enjoys paying taxes, and while they’re unavoidable, they can be lowered if you participate in certain eco-friendly programs or make outlined changes to your business. Do your research and find out what may be available to you.

Attracting New Patients and Clients

As a final note, we mentioned at the start of this post the fact that going green can not only help you save money but can even help you make money. If you’re a business, including a medical practice, you can use your dedication to being more eco-friendly as part of your marketing.

It can be an excellent way to attract new patients and show them you do things differently than your competitors.

6 Tips to Keep Healthy This Winter

While we’ve seen mild temperatures up until now, which have largely kept the flu in check, most health professionals and care providers expect infections will increase in the coming weeks. In many instances flu season doesn’t peak until February and in some rare cases even March.

Here are 7 ways to keep them healthy this winter:

  1. Consider a Flu Vaccine

Whether you’re looking out for a student or are one yourself, the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as one of the most effective ways to safeguard against the virus. Flu vaccines are relatively inexpensive and are offered at drug stores, physicians’ offices and other healthcare centers.

  1. Harness the Power of a Healthy Diet

A good diet rich in vitamins and nutrients can go a long way in protecting students against a variety of illnesses. Encourage students to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch each day that includes things like oatmeal, fresh fruit and vegetables.

  1. Equip Your Student with Hand Sanitizer

Regularly using hand sanitizer can go a long way in protecting against a variety of germs and viruses. Give a bottle to students to keep in their backpack, cubby or locker and teach them when and how to use it, including after using the restroom and before eating.

  1. Reiterate the Importance of Not Sharing Food

Students of all ages tend to find themselves in situations where they’re sharing food with friends. From elementary aged kids sharing items in the cafeteria to college roommates sharing a slice of pizza, it’s important to let them know the health risks this can pose, not only during cold and flu season but throughout the year.

  1. Encourage Plenty of Rest

Much like eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest is one of the best things anyone can do for their health, yet research shows the average amount of sleep teenagers get each night is between 7 and 7 ½ hours, while they require about 9 ½ hours. Encourage students to get more rest each night and they’re likely to not only remain healthier but also perform better in school.

  1. Don’t Stop Exercising

Many people reduce their levels of exercise at the time they need it most. Cold and flu season may mean there’s a chill in the air, but it’s important to remain physically active. Encourage students to get plenty of exercises even if it’s not outdoors.

With a few of these practical tips, you can help combat the potential for illness this winter and remain on-track to healthy and happy winter.

Guide To Disposing Medical Waste at Home

infectious medical wasteInfectious medical wastes are pretty dangerous, and if not disposed of properly, can pose a serious health risk to health care practitioners, hospital patients, waste management employees, the environment, and even the general public. It’s why hospitals use different regulated medical waste disposal methods, such as incineration or autoclaving.

But what do you do with infectious medical wastes when you’re at home? Are you supposed to burn them? Hire a hospital wastes treatment service to take care of it? Can you just throw them away?

While infectious medical wastes do need to be treated differently than general wastes, it’s fairy easy to correctly dispose of them at home. Here’s how.

Cap Sharps Before Tossing Them.

Every year, about 16 billion injections are administered worldwide. Yet, not all of the needles and syringes are properly disposed of afterwards. If you need to administer injections at home, you cannot just throw the needles — the infectious medical wastes — away. The Environmental Protection Agency advises self-injectors to toss their needles at supervised collection sites, use mail-back programs, participate in syringe exchange programs, or invest in at-home needle destruction devices.

Don’t Just Toss Old Medicines in the Trash.

Expired and/or unwanted medicines cannot just be thrown away, nor flushed unless the label says they can. The EPA instead suggests mixing unwanted or expired medicines — including over-the-counter drugs — in used coffee grounds, which should then be placed in airtight containers. Only then are they ready to be tossed.

Get Rid of Used Tissues.

Although this should be common sense, it is still important to note. Used tissues spread diseases, and should not be left around. Although most people who are sick are also fatigued and could care less about throwing things away, used tissues still need to be tossed, and tossed quickly. Otherwise, the sickness will spread.

If infectious medical wastes weren’t disposed of properly, everyone would be at risk. It’s why hospital waste treatment services make up a $5 billion industry, and why you need to take care of infectious medical waste properly when you’re at home.

If you have any questions infectious medical waste, let us know in the comments.

The Most Common OSHA Violations in the Healthcare Industry

According to a news release posted on EHSToday.com, OSHA is really ramping up how much it charges businesses in violation of their standards.

The agency recently raised fines for the first time since 1990, with the fine jumping from $70,000 to $124,709 for a single willful or repeat violation. The fine for a serious or other-than-serious violation can range from $7,000 to $12,471.

Michael Rubin, a partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP also says there’s something else that goes along with these hefty fines, which he calls “the shame game.”

According to Rubin, this means OSHA will also create press releases and make efforts to shame businesses that have violations.

That makes it m ore important than ever for healthcare-related businesses to be proactive in avoiding these fines and consequences.

Below are some of the most common OSHA violations seen in the healthcare industry.

Lack of Training Under the BBP Standard
The BBP Standard refers to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, and it is amended based on the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000. This standard describes how workers should be protected and protect themselves against the health hazards of bloodborne pathogens.

Some of the areas it covers include control plans, personal protective equipment, housekeeping, hazard communication and training, and recordkeeping.

Part of complying with this frequently cited regulation includes how regulated waste is removed.

Many of the top citations revolve around the BBP standard, including not just failure to train but also a failure to implement and maintain control plans, and failure to keep training records and a Sharps Injury Log.

Failing to Provide Material Safety Data Sheets
OSHA requires safety data sheets, and they are designed to provide information identifying materials as well as their potential hazards. Data sheets should also include composition and details on ingredients, as well as first-aid measures if someone has been exposed to something listed on the sheet.

Other details on required data sheets include how to respond to an accidental release, how they should be handled and stored, proper exposure controls and personal protection, and more, such as how they should be disposed of.

Not Training Employees On the Hazard Communication Standard
The final citation that’s frequently given to medical facilities including not only hospitals but also smaller doctor’s offices and clinics involves not training employees on the Hazard Communication Standard.

In order to remain compliant, healthcare businesses are meant to train their employees on the HaCom/GHS Standard and write their Hazard Communication Program for their facility.

Part of this also includes the creation and maintenance of Safety Data Sheets.

For healthcare businesses and facilities that are concerned about the rigorous OSHA standards and the potential to receive a citation, working with MedAssure can help make sure you remain compliant.

MedAssure delivers OSHA and other training services and also helps healthcare facilities exceed regulatory standards. It’s important for healthcare businesses to stay proactive as they put in place means to avoid OSHA citations.

Who’s REALLY Servicing Your Facility’s Medical Waste? You’ll Be Surprised To Find Out

Did you know that many healthcare facilities make use of regulated medical waste disposal services that cannot necessarily be trusted to maintain the high quality of service needed to deliver maximum safety?

Unbeknownst to hospitals and other facilities, these “medical waste disposal” companies will actually outsource most, if not all, of the work associated with the disposal job.

This means you can never be precisely sure who will be fulfilling the pick-ups and treatment, and in addition, you are probably overpaying to surgical wastecover the costs of the middle-man.

This can potentially lead to oversights or other problems that your own organization might be held accountable for down the line.

Why should you take on that level of risk?

Rest Assured With Medassure

MedAssure uses a completely different business model. We handle the entire process, from the initial collection of the medical waste all the way through to the final disposal in one of our own treatment facilities.

Because we maintain a complete in-house workforce, you can rest assured that every step is taken according to the highest standards of the industry and you are receiving significant savings in costs compared to other companies.

Medical waste represents a significant health hazard and improper disposal can result in massive liability.

Contact MedAssure today if you want to be assured that all of your medical waste has been taken care of appropriately.

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