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Food and drink in the clinic: Where can staff have lunch?

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July 1, 2019

There are many rules and regulations that the average safety officer must adhere to on a daily basis. If you work in a medical clinic, you’re used to the OSHA regulations that govern the way you do business, treat patients, deal with hazardous chemicals, and protect your employees from bloodborne pathogens. If your facility is connected to a healthcare system with hospitals, The Joint Commission (TJC) also has a say in how you do things.

It’s time to add a new requirement to your list. Apparently, there have been lots of questions from the field about spaces where clinicians and staff can consume or store food and drink, leading to a clarification from TJC about where it’s appropriate for healthcare workers to eat their lunch.

The safety of consuming food and drink in the medical clinic and laboratory is governed by OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens and Sanitation standards, and TJC wants hospitals and clinics to know it’s ready to enforce those standards.

Apparently, there have been lots of questions from the field about spaces where clinicians and staff can consume or store food and drink, leading to a clarification from TJC about where it’s appropriate for healthcare workers to eat their lunch.



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