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PHE extended but surveys pushing forward, as is OSHA

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September 5, 2021
 

The public health emergency (PHE) declaration on COVID-19 has been extended another 90 days, through at least October 18. That said, The Joint Commission (TJC) and others are pushing forward with surveys and new requirements.

While TJC is still working through a backlog of triennial surveys that might push some late-quarter 2021 survey windows into 2022, be warned that they will be enforcing those new business occupancy standards.
If you have a business occupancy in a multi-tenant building, it might take time to get access to life safety drawings, so start asking for them now, says Gayle Nash, RN, MPH, president of Nash Healthcare, an accreditation compliance consulting firm headquartered in El Paso, Texas.

On the upside, TJC surveyors are not likely to enforce anything with the new OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) for worker safety, unless the requirement is already in a hospital standard.
And some of those OSHA requirements are already in TJC requirements, notes Nash. Others, such as having a COVID-19 coordinator, are not.



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