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OSHA Moves Closer to Releasing Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

OSHA Moves Closer to Releasing Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

It's been over a month since President Joe Biden directed OSHA to develop a rule and enforcement of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employers with more than 100 employees.  On the evening of October 12, 2021, OSHA sent it's recommendations on vaccine mandates and enforcement to the White House for final approval. After it gets reviewed and approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) it will be published in the Federal Register and become law.  Final approval of OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) should be in the next few weeks. What about State issued executive orders defying any vaccine mandates? Keep in mind, OSHA...

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How to Comply with OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19

How to Comply with OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19

What are medical and dental offices required to do? OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requires employers to provide COVID-19 training to employees and ensure a safe and healthful work environment in accordance with the provisions identified in the ETS. Fortunately, most medical and dental facilities will only have to comply with the provisions listed below and not have to adopt the mini respiratory standard required by the ETS when employees are providing care for suspected or known COVID-19 patients.  Healthcare and Dental Facilities. The ETS is limited to healthcare because data shows that there is a substantial risk to employee health while caring for individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Non-healthcare settings don't...

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OSHA's new COVID-19 temporary standard almost ready to roll out

OSHA's new COVID-19 temporary standard almost ready to roll out

After weeks of delays, the President's executive order to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is finally coming to fruition. The order requires OSHA to establish workplace safety rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. "OSHA has been working diligently on its proposal and has taken the appropriate time to work with its science-agency partners, economic agencies, and others in the U.S. government to get this proposed emergency standard right,"  - OSHA representative The most recent delays were caused by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh requesting an additional review of the rules "based on CDC analysis and the latest information regarding the state of...

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OSHA Checklist - What every Medical and Dental Practice Need to Know

OSHA Checklist - What every Medical and Dental Practice Need to Know

Running a busy medical or dental practice is difficult enough as it is without having to deal with regulatory compliance like OSHA or HIPAA. This checklist will assist you in addressing some of the most common or overlooked areas we see during our inspections. 

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OSHA Hits Dental Office with a $9,500 Citation for COVID Related Deficiencies

OSHA Hits Dental Office with a $9,500 Citation for COVID Related Deficiencies

 On September 16th OSHA released a statement that they had cited a Massachusetts based dental practice for an inadequate respiratory protection program related to the current coronavirus pandemic and other shortcomings. In total, OSHA cited six serious and one other-than-serious violations for a penalty of $9,500. The dental office has since corrected the violations and paid the fine in full. Specifically, the COVID related violations were failing to provide a medical evaluation and fit testing for employees required to wear N-95 respirators and the absence of written policy for respiratory protection. The practice was also cited for deficient bloodborne pathogen exposure control and hazard communication policies,...

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