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Healthcare Solutions 14 November, 2016

OSHA Considerations for 2017

As the final quarter of 2016 progresses, many organizations are looking ahead to the new year. Amidst the flurry of activities that will accompany a change in presidential leadership, healthcare entities must remain focused on compliance tasks that keep patients and staff safe and secure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards represent one area where organizations should remain vigilant.

Here are some of the top considerations healthcare organizations should be aware of for 2017:

• Recordkeeping and reporting – The agency introduced new electronic requirements to OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping rule.

View this webinar about how the regulations relate to healthcare or OSHA’s introductory page devoted to the topic

Bloodborne Pathogens – While new regulations were introduced in 2017, compliance should remain a top priority for Bloodborne Pathogens. An overwhelming majority of OSHA citations for healthcare pertain to this requirement.

• Hazard Communication- Along with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, this standard is another of the most frequently cited for healthcare organizations. In 2016, OSHA finalized the requirement for compliance, with the Hazard Communication Standard, in three primary areas:

1. Labels

2. Pictograms

3. Safety Data Sheet

Interested in additional information about OSHA compliance and considerations for 2017? Click here to download the Top Tips for 2017 OSHA Considerations.

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