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Expert Q&A: OSHA issues new inspection guidelines for field inspectors

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September 1, 2016

Editor's note: Recently, OSHA released a memo entitled "Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings." The guidance instructs OSHA surveyors to focus on five types of hazards when conducting an inspection: musculoskeletal disorders related to patient or resident handling; bloodborne pathogens; workplace violence; tuberculosis and slips, trips, and falls. The following is an edited Q&A with Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT(ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, HEM, MEP, CHEP, principal of Superior Performance, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on the new guidance and what it means for clinics.

Editor's note: Recently, OSHA released a memo entitled "Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings." The guidance instructs OSHA surveyors to focus on five types of hazards when conducting an inspection: musculoskeletal disorders related to patient or resident handling; bloodborne pathogens; workplace violence; tuberculosis and slips, trips, and falls. The following is an edited Q&A with Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT(ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, HEM, MEP, CHEP, principal of Superior Performance, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on the new guidance and what it means for clinics.



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