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Dental & Medical Office OSHA Compliance Requirements

Did You Know That the Healthcare Sector has More Workplace-related Illnesses & Injuries than Any Other Industry???

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OSHA Requirements for Healthcare Facilities:

 The National Institute of Safety and Health was created in 1970 as a branch of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to set workplace standards in the health care sector. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1971 to enforce these standards and protects employees’ rights in workplace settings. Examples of these workplaces are hospitals, dental offices, home health care facilities, birthing facilities and nursing homes.

OSHA requires that all healthcare facilities have annual training for their employees that includes certain standards in the workplace. All new employees should have OSHA training within 30 days of hire. The following requirements include those that normally apply to medical and dental offices, whether there are 2 or 200 employees. The complete text of the regulations can be found in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR). Code of Federal Regulations – Title 29

Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (Infection Control)
(29 CFR 1910.1030)

Image result for OSHA bloodborne pathogen This is the most frequently requested and referenced OSHA standard affecting medical and dental offices. Many healthcare professionals are required to take an infection control course for license renewals. Nine Lives CPR offers the American Heart Association Bloodborne Pathogen Onsite Course that includes 2 CEs for Dental Professionals. There is also a basic Online Bloodborne Pathogens course available that meets the (29 CFR 1910.1030) standard for infection control.

*the online course does not include site specific training, therefore it only offers students .5 CEs through the American Heart Association*

Some basic requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Course includes:

  • A written exposure control plan, to be updated annually
  • Use of universal precautions
  • Consideration, implementation, and use of safer, engineered needles and sharps
  • Use of engineering and work practice controls and appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, face and eye protection, gowns)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine provided to exposed employees at no cost
  • Medical follow-up in the event of an “exposure incident”
  • Use of labels or color-coding for items such as sharps disposal boxes and containers for regulated waste, contaminated laundry, and certain specimens.
  • Employee training.
  • Proper containment of all regulated waste

Many medical and dental offices choose to take their compliance training even further to ensure that their offices are meeting federal regulations. All it takes is one complaint for DHEC to show up and issue a major fine. It also takes only one mistake for an injury to occur and a law suit to follow. So take your annual training to the next level by adding on other OSHA standards to your workplace update.

Nine Lives CPR recommends that your annual OSHA compliance training for healthcare facilities includes Bloodborne Pathogen Training as well as :

Hazard Communication
(29 CFR 1910.1200)

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The hazard communication standard is sometimes called the “employee right-to-know” standard. It requires employee access to hazard information. The basic requirements include:

  • A written hazard communication program
  • A list of hazardous chemicals (such as alcohol, disinfectants, anesthetic agents, sterilants, mercury) used or stored in the office
  • A copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each chemical (obtained from the manufacturer) used or stored in the office
  • Employee training

Ionizing Radiation
(29 CFR 1910.1096)


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This standard applies to facilities that have an x-ray machine and requires the following:

  • A survey of the types of radiation used in the facility, including x-rays
  • Restricted areas to limit employee exposures
  • Employees working in restricted areas must wear personal radiation monitors such as film badges or pocket dosimeters
  • Rooms and equipment may need to be labeled and equipped with caution signs

Exit Routes
(29 CFR Subpart E 1910.35, 1910.36, 1910.37, and 1910.38 and 1910.39)

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 These standards include the requirements for providing safe and accessible building exits in case of fire or other emergency. It is important to become familiar with the full text of these standards because they provide details about signage and other issues. OSHA consultation services can help or your insurance company or local fire/police service may be able to assist you. The basic responsibilities include:

  • Exit routes sufficient for the number of employees in any occupied space
  • A diagram of evacuation routes posted in a visible location.

Electrical
(Subpart S-Electrical 29 CFR 1010.301 to 29 CFR1910.399)

Related image These standards address electrical safety requirements to safeguard employees. OSHA electrical standards apply to electrical equipment and wiring in hazardous locations. If you use flammable gases, you may need special wiring and equipment installation. In addition to reading the full text of the OSHA standard, you should check with your insurance company or local fire department, or request an OSHA consultation for help.

OSHA Poster

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Every workplace must display the OSHA poster (OSHA Publication 3165), or the state plan equivalent. The poster explains worker rights to a safe workplace and how to file a complaint. The poster must be placed where employees will see it. You can download a copy or order one free copy from OSHA’s web site at www.osha.gov or by calling (800) 321-OSHA.

Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
(29 CFR 1904)

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 Medical and dental offices are currently exempt from maintaining an official log of reportable injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300) under the federal OSHA record keeping rule, although they may be required to maintain records in some state plan states. If you are in a state plan state, contact your state plan directly for more information. All employers, including medical and dental offices, must report any work-related fatality or the hospitalization of three or more employees in a single incident to the nearest OSHA office. Call (800) 321-OSHA or your state plan for assistance.

Roxx Smilez RDH, BSDH, MEd

For more information:

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Course 2CEs

OSHA Requirements

Healthcare Facilities OSHA

OSHA

Online Bloodborne Pathogens

Technology vs. Heart Disease

HEART DISEASE IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DEATH WORLDWIDE

Technology to the rescue on the fight against heart disease! Many phones, for example, already have accelerometers that measure physical activity like steps taken, while the Apple Watch and Fitbits use sensors to measure heart rate. Heart irregularities can be dangerous without causing obvious symptoms, so smart devices that can diagnose them could be helpful as a prevention strategy.

IRREGULAR HEART RATE

The most common heartbeat irregularity is called atrial fibrillation, or afib. Afib happens when the two upper chambers of the heart don’t beat in sync with the two lower chambers, and can increase the risk of everything from heart attack to kidney disease to dementia. But it can be hard to detect. New technology has come out to more accurately diagnose Afib and it’s all in the wristband!

 

The KardiaBand by AliveCor is a sensor that is compatible with the Apple Watch and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). The user touches the sensor, which then takes a reading of the electrical activity of the heart, called an electrocardiogram (EKG) and then sends the information to an app. The AliveCor KardiaBand has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

In the past the Fitbits sensor was not as accurate in detecting abnormalities in the heart rate. In October of 2017, Fitbit presented data on an algorithm was developed to detect a atrial fibrillation, using a technology already built into its wristband trackers: photoplethysmography, or PPG. Fitness trackers have long used PPG devices to monitor pulse rates. The tiny sensors, which consist of infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) coupled with a sensitive light detector, measure infinitesimal gradations in light in human tissue, due to changing blood volume. This is used as an indicator to detect an irregular heartbeat or Afib.AFib such a good test case for the digital health revolution. It can often be treated cheaply and effectively with oral anticoagulants once it is detected. Discovering someone who has an undiagnosed arrhythmia could save a life! These wearables are well worth the investment! Not to mention they help keep you motivated to move more!

Related Heart Healthy Technology:

     

The Link Between Heart & Gum Disease

Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease? 

    Overall the data indicates that chronic gum disease may contribute to the development of heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death in both men and women.  Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect your over all health. In heart disease, one theory is that gum disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream where they attach to the fatty deposits in the heart blood vessels. This condition can cause blood clots and may lead to heart attacks.

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The best thing that you can do is to prevent gum disease by practicing good oral health habits at home every day. An easy way to change your habits is to simply switch to an electric toothbrush. Studies have demonstrated that the power toothbrush removed significantly more plaque after a single brushing than the standard manual toothbrush (Kurtz, 2016).  An electric brush simply moves faster than our hands and can cover more ground that way. So now is the time to switch and you are bombarded with mass amounts of toothbrush choices.

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As a registered Dental Hygienist, I get the pleasure of testing oral care products. Then, I can recommend them to my patients based on my own personal experience. I have tried every brand and I strongly believe that the BURST toothbrush cleans the best! It has super soft charcoal bristles that remove stains and toxins that cause bad breath. This brush has some serious power and holds a charge up to 4 weeks! The best part is that the replacement heads are shipped to your door for only $6. Did I mention FREE SHIPPING!?

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Roxx Smilez, RDH, BSDH, MEd

For more information about the link between Gum and Heart Disease:

Link Between Heart and Gum Disease

Electric verses Manual Toothbrush Clinical Study

National Wear Red Day 2018

Why Go Red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 2, 2018 and donate to help fund research during American Heart Month.

Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life.  Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. It’s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life — their hearts depend on it.

 

For more information AHA

 

CEUs for Dental Professionals

Nine Lives CPR is now offering a combination course that includes both CPR and Infection Control for 5 CEUs.

This course is designed to satisfy requirements for license renewal by the SC Board of Dentistry. The course is offered ONSITE and can be customized to fit your needs. We will also be offering it at our partner locations throughout South Carolina. Stay tuned for date announcements.

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As PACE providers, we look forward to bringing the convenience of continuing education to dental offices! Please visit our Dental Professionals page for more details.

Learn CPR on your Layover

Got Spare Time Between Flights?

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Three airports around the U.S. have joined an American Heart Association (AHA) initiative to provide hands-only CPR training kiosks for passengers waiting for flights.

The Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Orlando International airports are now equipped with the kiosks, bringing the total number of airports with one in the U.S. up to seven. The initiative is funded by Indianapolis-based insurance company Anthem, according to a statement.

Training only takes about five minutes and could help reduce the number of lives taken by cardiac arrest. Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital with about 20 percent happening in public spaces, according to the AHA.

Each kiosk includes a touch screen with a short video that gives directions on how to perform CPR. It offers a practice sessions and a 30-second test on a practice manikin while giving the user feedback on their technique.

“Our nation’s airports have proven to be a great way to extend our educational campaign to train people on the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR and, help meet the Association’s goal to double bystander response by 2020,” said Craig Samitt, MD, chief clinical officer at Anthem. “By expanding the availability of the training kiosks, we’re hopeful that more people will feel confident to administer hands-only CPR on a stranger or someone they love.”

Airport Kiosk

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

Food Allergy and Research Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.


How to Take Part

-Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters

-Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available

-Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin

For more info : Teal Pumpkin Project

Ambulance Drone

The first minutes after an accident are critical and essential to provide the right care to prevent escalation. Speeding up emergency response can prevent deaths and accelerate recovery dramatically. This is notably true for heart failure, drowning, traumas and respiratory issues. Lifesaving technologies such as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), medication, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) aids can be designed compact enough to be carried by a drone.

 

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BLS Step 1 – Check for Responsiveness..

Learn the proper techniques of CPR so you can save yourself the embarrassment. Nine Lives CPR training offers a variety of classes to fit your needs. We will even travel to your location! Schedule your training today! Don’t be a Dummy, Get Certified!

There’s an App for That

When you have a serious health condition, it’s key to have your medication with you along with an easy way to alert your loved ones if you’re having a medical emergency. Health company Aterica developed a smart EpiPen case called the Veta that not only reminds you to take your medication with you every day, but also alerts your loved ones when it has been removed and used during an emergency. The idea is to give both those who are at risk for anaphylaxis, including many with food allergies, as well as their family and friends greater peace of mind and an easy way to keep track of their EpiPens.

Retrieved From: EPI PEN