OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The ETS is meant to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. Is My Practice…

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Infection Control & COVID-19: An OSHA Expert’s Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Medical practices providing in-person patient care during the pandemic face a complex infection control environment with evolving guidance from federal and local health authorities. CDC guidance addresses COVID-19 infection control, exposures, and potential shortages of both personnel and protective equipment. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MOSH) has shared its most frequently asked questions…

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COVID-19: Practice Reopening Toolkit

Update as of July 2021: The following toolkit is archived; information regarding state and local guidelines was accurate to the date of publication. In July of 2021, Governor Hogan lifted the Directive and Order referenced below. However, other information provided in this toolkit will continue to be relevant throughout the pandemic. For questions regarding current…

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5 Compliance Tips from an OSHA Inspector

Each year, MCMS hosts an OSHA Update for Medical Practices with an expert in the field. This year, we were joined by Anthony Jagielski, a Health Consultant at the Maryland Occupational Safety & Health, our statewide arm of OSHA.  He has spent more than a decade inspecting medical practices for OSHA compliance. The following are…

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OSHA Penalties Adjusted in 2019: $13,260 per Violation

This is a reminder that Federal OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1030 requires that all employees with potential for exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials MUST receive training BEFORE beginning work, and must be retrained annually.  Note: Federal OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1200 has been amended to conform to the “GHS” – Globally Harmonized System of…

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