The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, was first issued in 1991 to protect employees from occupational hazards posed by exposure to microorganisms present in human blood that can cause disease in humans. The Standard defines “regulated waste” as follows:
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Workplace safety is a serious issue that affects your bottom line. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that direct workers’ compensation claims cost US employers $1 billion each week. Unfortunately, in many companies, safety training and education begins and ends with a dusty bookshelf full of “safety manuals” and brightly colored “Safety First!” posters in the break room.
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No office wants its employees to suffer accidents on the job. Workplace injuries cost money and hurt employee morale. So, prevention is key. Employees need to understand workplace safety rules and have access to comprehensive OSHA training materials. In most healthcare facilities, however, it can be hard to fit training into busy schedules. ComplianceTrac can help.
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In order to keep your workplace safe, it is important to maintain OSHA compliance. Keep reading to learn eight ways to stay compliant.
Tip: Make sure emergency exits are kept unlocked from the inside while employees are in the office. According to OSHA, a company was recently cited for an alleged willful violation. The violation included the employer’s practice of keeping an emergency exit door fastened with a metal bar during working hours.
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Tip: When documenting a bloodborne pathogen exposure incident, do not forget to document the circumstances surrounding the incident. This is not only required by the Standard, it helps to determine if policy was being followed and what might need to be changed.
Documentation must include:
- Engineering controls and work practices in use at the time of the incident
- A description of the device being used, including type and brand
- Protective equipment being worn at the time
- Location and procedure being performed when the incident occurred
- Employee’s training status at the time of the incident
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