On December 4, the U.S. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 255 citations arising from OSHA violations related to COVID-19, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $3,403,139. Since healthcare workers are at the highest risk of being infected by COVID-19 it is important that your practice is compliant with OSHA so you can protect your employees.
OSHA inspections have resulted in citing employers for violations, including failures to implement a written respiratory protection program, provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on respirator use and PPE; report an injury, illness or fatality; and more.
One of these citations was given to an Ohio nursing facility that received $40,482 in penalties from OSHA after seven employees were hospitalized for coronavirus-related reasons. OSHA cited that this OSHA violations related to COVID-19 was because the facility failed to have a written respiratory protection program and did not provide medical evaluations to determine employees’ employees’ ability to use a respirator at work. This unfortunate situation in Ohio shows the financial impact the pandemic may have on your practice, on top of the threat that it poses to patients and employees’ health.
For many practices, the pandemic has reminded them of policies and procedures that they did not properly document previously. Making sure that your practice has the policies and procedures in place and has properly trained employees can be the difference between your employees contracting an aerosol transmissible disease like coronavirus.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
- Create a written respiratory protection program
- Conduct medical evaluations
- Perform initial and annual fit testing
- Review respirators written procedures
- Conduct training for employees
- Hang the Families First Coronavirus Response Act poster
The OfficeSafe platform has a lot of these listed features, so it can be your all in one solution for staying OSHA compliant during the pandemic. The pandemic has already placed enough pressure on healthcare workers, ensuring that you are compliant can take some of this pressure off. We can help you create a customized respiratory protection program so you can be protected from whatever happens next.