The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with enforcing the federal regulations regarding health and safety. Naturally, safety is of the utmost importance in doctors’ offices, and OSHA plays an integral part in ensuring all employees in the medical field comply with safety-related legislation. In large part, this process involves employees completing yearly OSHA trainings.
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If you work in a medical facility—a doctor’s office, a hospital, or any other clinical setting—one of the most important things you can do in your profession is being up to date with (and knowledgeable about) all your required OSHA trainings. Some trainings are required every year, while others are more about continually updating and staying on top of new developments in the field. Either way, you want to ensure you’re in full compliance with OSHA’s requirements to avoid fines or other consequences.
It’s imperative that doctors’ offices and hospitals know how to deal with dangerous substances and biohazardous waste as well as react in dangerous situations. It’s so important that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has laid out legal regulations and rules related to issues such as bloodborne pathogens, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, hazard communication (hazcom) plans, and more. OSHA requires ongoing training in these categories, and not being up to date on this not only puts your facility in financial risk of fines, but it puts your employees and those you serve at risk of becoming hurt or ill.