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Coming back to work after COVID19 – A Response Plan

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OSHA has indicated that employers must have some level of response plan when considering the continuation or opening of their business. The plan is in place to protect workers from COVID19 exposure in the workplace. Here are three (3) major items to include in your response plan.

  1. Job Site Analysis or Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
    • Anyone who has ever participated or completed safety work knows about a JHA. This process is designed to develop a better understanding of how employees are exposed ...
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What OSHA standards apply to me in the healthcare industry?

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There are a few standards that traditionally apply to the healthcare industry. The main three standards are Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Hazard Communication (HAZCOM).

Any employer with employees that have an occupational exposure to blood, must comply with the BBP regulatory requirements. This includes items such as annual BBP training for all affected staff, development/maintenance of a BBP Exposure Control Plan, offering the Hepatitis B vaccination series, evaluating engineering controls, and maintaining a sharps ...

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What is an OSHA 300 Log?

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The Recordkeeping requirements outlined in the OSHA 1904 standard requires businesses to maintain up to date and accurate records regarding workplace injuries and illnesses. Work related injuries and illnesses must be recorded on the OSHA Form 300 Log (“300 Log”).

In addition to maintaining the OSHA 300 Log, businesses must also prepare the OSHA Form 300A Summary at the end of the year. This must be posted at your establishment from February 1 through April 30 following the previous ...

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How do I develop a safety program?

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The creation of a safety plan must be a top priority for businesses, whether your business is large, small, has one location or many. Initial consideration should be given as to who will have “ownership” of the safety plan, since the management of the plan is critical to its success.

A solid safety plan should include the following five steps:

  1. Set Strategic Safety Goals — A company must consider how it will use leading indicators to prevent workplace related safety incidents, how ...
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