Tag: OSHA

Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15. Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from […]

Housekeeping for senior living (Part 3): Exposure control plan

In Part 2 of this series we covered safety tips for sharps management in a senior living facility. Part 3 will discuss explain what an exposure control plan is and what should be included, taken from Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, written by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, […]

OSHA increases penalty rates

To adjust for inflation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased their civil monetary penalties for other-than serious, serious, and failure to abate violations (from $12,615 per violation to $12,934, an increase of $319) as well as the penalty for willful and repeat violations (from $126,749 per violation to $129,336, an increase of $2, […]

Skilled nursing and senior living facilities have until December 15 to submit workplace injury reports

Per a final rule published in early 2016, OSHA requires industries considered to have high workplace related injury and illness rates–including skilled nursing and senior living facilities–to submit workplace injury reports electronically to be published on OSHA’s new Injury Tracking Application (ITA) site. In May, OSHA extended the original submission deadline from July 2017 to […]

New OSHA website up and running for submitting electronic injury and illness reports

The long-anticipated website launched by OSHA for publication of electronic injury and illness reports is officially open for business. The website was promised as part of a final rule that took effect January 1 of this year, establishing new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws to prevent employers from discouraging employees from reporting work-related injuries and illness. […]

Risk and rising fines increase the importance of OSHA

Review your agency’s policies for keeping employees safe from hazards. The majority of employers are subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and more workers are injured in the health care and social assistance industry sector than any other, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The law mandates that employers provide […]

Risk and rising fines increase the importance of OSHA

Review your agency’s policies for keeping employees safe from hazards. The majority of employers are subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and more workers are injured in the health care and social assistance industry sector than any other, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The law mandates that employers provide […]

Nurse lobbies for bill to end “dirty little secret of nursing”

Healthcare has always had an open door policy. Rarely are residents, patients or even visitors vetted before they enter the building, and nurses are often on the frontlines of greeting these new comers. While the indiscriminate nature of receiving care should be a good thing, in recent years, it has been tainted by what one […]

OSHA: Deadline to submit Form 300A extended

Following a final rule published in May 2016 regarding the electronic submission of Form A, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced they will be extending the submission deadline from July 1, 2017 to a new deadline, which has not yet been shared. Employers that have 250 or more employees are required to submit […]