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Following OSHA Regulations

Top Three Ways to Get in Big Trouble

As a professional in the healthcare industry, it’s critical to ensure that your facility follows the regulations set forth by OSHA and your local and state government. But when you’re running a busy organization, it’s easy to let certain regulations slip or to become complacent on rules that may not seem as important as others—a surefire way to endanger your staff and the success of facility. Check out the top ways to get in trouble with OSHA and how you can avoid them.

Not enforcing safety rules

May seem simple enough, but OSHA safety rules must be published, understood, enforced and accepted by everyone in your organization, from executive and administrative staff all the way to part-timers and everyone in between. If not, you could be looking at fines and citations. Be sure you have safety procedures posted throughout your building, conduct regular training and always document any enforcement actions in the event you are asked to provide them during an OSHA inspection.

Not correcting hazards you’ve been cited for

It may take time, money and extra work, but if you’ve been cited for a violation, you need to correct it in a timely fashion. Not correcting hazards is an invitation to more citations and if your organization becomes one that has repeat OSHA problems, it could end up in deep water.

Not following proper protocol when disposing waste

As a medical facility, it’s critical that you manage all your waste according to OSHA and federal regulations. Not doing so can endanger your entire staff, patients and the community and expose you to hefty fines. Although it may seem simple, and a task that can be managed internally, the risks of mistakes, spillage and accidents that can cause injury is a real threat. Work with a certified and qualified medical waste provider to ensure that your hazardous waste is properly managed, contained, picked up and destroyed.

To avoid putting your organization at risk with OSHA and to protect your staff and patients, make sure you are in compliance with all regulations at all times. Be sure you provide regular training on safety procedures and follow best practices for discarding any hazardous and bio hazardous waste. Turn to All Points Medical Waste to provide you with all your medical waste disposal needs without any hidden fees and on a schedule that’s designed to ideally suit your needs. Give us a call today at 772.600.4885.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Medical Waste. All Points Medical Waste is a family-owned and operated medical waste disposal and compliance company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.
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