Controlling Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Drugs

By | 2017, 2018, OSHA / HIPAA / CLIA, Practice Operations
Controlling Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Drugs By: Kelly D. Ogle, BSDH, MIOP, CMPM, CHOP® Director of OSHA and HIPAA Services Disposal of Drugs and Contaminated Materials Hazardous drugs (HDs) and contaminated materials should be disposed of in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. Any discarded HDs greater than residue amounts should be evaluated as to...
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Trump’s OSHA

By | 2017, 2018, OSHA / HIPAA / CLIA, Practice Operations
Trump's OSHA By: Kelly D. Ogle, BSDH, MIOP, CMPM, CHOP® Director of OSHA and HIPAA Services When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016, the general expectation was a reduction in OSHA rule- making, inspections, and enforcement. The number of workplace OSHA inspections from January 20—July 20, 2017, was roughly the same...
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Recent OSHA Enforcement: Whistleblower Protection

By | 2017, 2018, OSHA / HIPAA / CLIA, Practice Operations
Recent OSHA Enforcement: Whistleblower Protection By: Kelly D. Ogle, BSDH, MIOP, CMPM, CHOP® Director of OSHA and HIPAA Services  A Connecticut district court has ruled that Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford must repay the lost wages of three workers who were fired after they announced their concerns about potential tuberculosis exposure in their workplace. OSHA...
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Electrical Safety

By | 2017, 2018, OSHA / HIPAA / CLIA, Practice Operations
Electrical Safety By: Kelly D. Ogle, BSDH, MIOP, CMPM, CHOP® Director of OSHA and HIPAA Services Healthcare workers may use electrical devices on a daily basis without thinking of the potential hazards.  Even the low-voltage medical equipment used in outpatient settings can create dangers such as— Electrical shock Electrocution Fires Explosions. Extension cords may be the...
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Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

By | 2018, OSHA / HIPAA / CLIA, Practice Operations
Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs By: Kelly D. Ogle, BSDH, MIOP, CMPM, CHOP® Director of OSHA and HIPAA Services OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 federal statutes protecting employees who raise or report concerns about hazards or violations of various workplace safety and health, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial...
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Tuberculosis in the Medical Practice

By | 2018, OSHA / HIPAA / CLIA, Practice Operations
Tuberculosis By: Kelly D. Ogle, BSDH, MIOP, CMPM, CHOP® Director of OSHA and HIPAA Services Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a pathogenic microorganism that causes respiratory (and other) infections in humans and other animals. It is the causative agent of the  illness commonly called “TB.” tuberculosis is airborne and is generally classified as a respiratory pathogen, although it...
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