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New California Healthcare Workplace Safety Prevention Regulation Effective April 1, 2017

As previously mentioned, healthcare employers in California must comply with a host of new workplace safety requirements, effective April 1, 2017, on preventing workplace violence. The new requirements include written workplace violence prevention plans, additional recordkeeping, and preventive training, among other things.  To get all the details, click here to read our special report.… Continue Reading

New Healthcare Workplace Safety Prevention Laws Take Effect April 1, 2017, in California

Healthcare employers in California should prepare for a host of new workplace safety requirements, starting this weekend. California’s new healthcare workplace safety prevention law takes effect April 1, 2017.  The scope of the regulation affects almost all health care facilities, medical groups, and several other care facilities including senior care centers, nursing homes, and retirement … Continue Reading

OSHA Launches Webpage Addressing Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a webpage to provide employers and workers with strategies and resources for preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings. The development of this webpage follows OSHA’s update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers (see our April 2015 report). To read … Continue Reading

OSHA to Target Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities with Programmed Inspections

OSHA recently announced a new enforcement program targeting nursing home and residential care facilities.  The program, effective a week-and-a-half ago, focuses OSHA compliance officers on inspecting nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  More info. is available on Jackson Lewis’ OSHA Law Blog at the following link: http://www.oshalawblog.com/… Continue Reading

OSHA to Nursing Homes: Prepare for Inspection

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently reiterated its intention to begin aggressively inspecting nursing homes and other residential care facilities in the next few months.  Its “Nursing Home National Emphasis Program” was instituted in response to reports of increased and above-average rates of injuries and illnesses among hospital and … Continue Reading

WASHINGTON MANDATES PROTECTION FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS HANDLING CHEMOTHERAPY DRUGS

Washington has become the first state in the nation to require protection for healthcare workers who handle, administer and dispose of chemotherapy drugs.  This new law addresses concerns raised both by OSHA and NIOSH, which recommend that precautions be taken when handling these drugs.   OSHA calls for development and implementation of a “Hazardous Drug Safety … Continue Reading
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