A look at Medical OSHA Compliance standards

Medical OSHA Compliance is a set of OSHA guidelines on medical offices. These Medical OSHA Compliance regulations are meant to offer regulations on how to maintain workplace safety for employees in medical offices. Medical OSHA Compliance is clubbed with OSHA compliance for dental offices. Regulated under OSHA 3187-09R 2003; Medical OSHA Compliance is a set of guidelines on how to regulate medical offices, in whichever business establishment or premises they are located.

Since the Medical OSHA Compliance regulation bears such close resemblance to OSHA regulations on healthcare; one notices a set of similarities between the two. Accordingly, these are the Medical OSHA Compliance regulations that medical offices and dental offices need to comply with:

Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030

Considered the most popularly cited and requested OSHA standard for medical compliance and dental offices, the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 requires medical and dental offices to implement a number of safety requirements:

  • Medical and dental offices have to draft a written exposure control plan which has to be updated every year
  • They have to consider, implement, and use sharps and needles that are safe and engineered
  • They have to provide training to their employees about the various aspects of Medical OSHA Compliance
  • Medical and dental offices have to ensure medical follow-up of employees who are victims of an "exposure incident"
  • Medical and dental offices need to use requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) such as face and eye protection, gloves, gowns, etc. and put engineering and work practice controls in place
  • They have to administer Hepatitis B vaccine at zero cost to exposed employees
  • Labeling or color-coding has to be done for boxes used for sharps disposal and containers that carry contaminated laundry, regulated waste, and related items.
  • Medical and dental offices have to ensure that all regulated waste is properly contained as part of Medical OSHA Compliance
  • Medical and dental offices have to take general universal precautions
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Other requirements

Medical OSHA Compliance has other safety requirements such as the following:

  • Hazard communication:Under (29 CFR 1910.1200), Medical OSHA Compliance requires medical and dental offices to have a written hazard communication program. This program has to list all the hazardous chemicals present in the premises and a copy of what is called Material Data Sheet (MDS), and requires the employer to provide appropriate training to staff.
  • Ionizing Radiation: Part of Medical OSHA Compliance under (29 CFR 1910.1096); this part relates to the use of radiation equipment, such as x-rays.
  • Exit routes: Medical OSHA Compliance has a regulation on exit routes covered under 29 CFR Subpart E 1910.35, 1910.36, 1910.37, and 1910.38 and 1910.39. it has clear specifications on how exits need to be planned and built in medical and dental offices to help handle emergencies.
  • Electrical: Another of the Medical OSHA Compliance requirements for medical and dental offices pertains to handling electrical equipment and accessories. Subpart S-Electrical 29 CFR 1010.301 to 29 CFR1910.399 has details of how to insulate electrical switches and other parts, wiring and other such issues.
  • Finally, Medical OSHA Compliance also has requirements for having a Medical OSHA Compliance poster, which will display the appropriate OSHA publication in this regard, at medical and dental workplaces.