NEWS YOU CAN USE

OSHA Update COVID-19

 April 30, 2020 

REDUCING THE RISK OF EXPOSURE:

 

How to clean and disinfect your workplace safely. This link to CDC guidelines provides practical help in protecting yourself, your colleagues, coworkers and clients as we start opening up. Be well, stay safe, and let me know if you have any questions!

https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-n…/community/reopen-guidance.html

OSHA Temporarily Suspends Reporting Requirements

April 14, 2020

OSHA Temporarily Suspends Reporting Requirements
With the stay at home order, non essential businesses may have trouble determining if an employee's exposure to COVID19 occurred in the workplace. Thus OSHA is temporarily suspending enforcement of recordkeeping requirements for industries other than healthcare and first responders. See the article below for further details or contact me with any questions!

https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/national/04102020

Medical Waste Treatment CapacityM

April 4, 2020

Does the US have enough Medical Waste Treatment Capacity to handle Corona virus and COVID19 waste? I am happy to clarify!
Over the past few weeks various news outlets have postulated that this might be an issue, even interviewing service providers to try and make that claim.
Each of these service companies has some excess capacity, and even more to the point, the US has such a diversified network of medical waste treatment throughout the country that there's more than adequate capability to meet the demand.


Finally we're noticing that volumes are actually trending down in many areas. The reasons for this include reduction of elective surgeries, deferring non-essential trips to doctor offices or urgent care facilities, and some care facilities consolidating or closing during this time.
This week I'll be doing a short video to elaborate (stay tuned). Meanwhile let me know if you have any questions! 

OSHA Update COVID-19

March 22, 2020

Good morning and a healthy day to you all. OSHA has updated their workplace guidance (not a requirement or regulation) to mitigate workplace exposure to COVID-19. Let me know if you have any questions!

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM23558

Navigating the EPA : Compliance not Confusion

March 23, 2020

I'll be speaking this October at this important and timely event. Hope to see you there!

Navigating the EPA: Compliance Not Confusion

https://info.pharmalogistics.com/pre-epa-event?utm_content=120812842&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&hss_channel=lcp-576762

Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19)

March 16, 2020

CDC has a direct link to updated accurate information. Get it from the source and not the news. Includes all the latest updates, FAQ's, procedures and recommendations. It's not about politics folks, it's about public health and safety.

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

March 18, 2020

OSHA Addresses Medical Waste and COVID-19

The following is from OSHA and the solid waste update. The link below will take you to the solid waste info but here's the quote on Medical Waste:

"Medical Waste
For medical waste with potential or known COVID-19 contamination, manage like any other regulated medical waste. COVID-19 is not a Category A infectious substance.
Use typical engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and PPE, such as puncture-resistant gloves and face and eye protection, to prevent worker exposure to the waste streams (or types of wastes), including any contaminants in the materials, they manage. Such measures can help protect workers from sharps and other items that can cause injuries or exposures to infectious materials.


For regulated medical waste information, consult the regulated medical waste information in CDC’s Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities (2003). This document provides additional information related to management of waste streams from hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
CDC also provides information on medical waste management as a Question and Answer page on its coronavirus website."

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html…

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