OSHA released an enforcement memo today that provides guidance on inspections in hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities. The guidance is intended to replace the National Emphasis Program.
Namely, OSHA indicates that all inspections, whether programmed or complaint-based, will cover on the five focus hazards:
· Safe Patient Handling
· Workplace Violence
· Bloodborne Pathogens
· Slips, trips and falls
Thus, based upon reading of the document, even when the complaint is not based on any of these issues, OSHA will look into these five focus areas for all inspections that they perform at your facilities. Other hazards that may be investigated are exposures to MRSA/MDROs and hazardous chemicals when issues come to the attention of the investigator during this inspection. Questions? Contact Lyn Bentley.