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OSHA and Healthcare

Health care organizations must continuously evaluate their performance having in mind regulatory and accreditation requirements. Among some of the regulations we could mention: HIPAA oriented to protect the privacy and security of health information; HITECH evaluating meaningful use of health information technology; Patientsâ?? bill of rights and responsibilities, etc.

Some of the regulatory agencies are:

CMS or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for overseeing Medicare and Medicaid programs;

FDA responsible for protecting the publicâ??s health related to food, drugs, vaccines, medical devices, cosmetics, dietary products, etc;

The AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare research and quality) responsible for conducting research on improving healthcare quality.

OSHA and CDC.

Can you please give description of a regulation from OSHA and how a healthcare organization can be prepared to comply with this agency's regulations?

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An OSHA regulation which pertains to the health care industry is the disposal of sharps and containers. When moving containers of contaminated sharps the containers must be:

-closed immediately before removal or replacement to prevent "spillage or protrusion of contents during handling, storage, transport, or ...

Solution Summary

This solution describes a regulation from OSHA and how a healthcare organization can be prepared to comply with this agency's regulations. It includes examples and a link.

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