Are You Prepared for an OSHA Inspection?

by Deborah Alexander, Director on October 12, 2021

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Are you prepared for an OSHA Inspection? On June 28, 2021, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released information regarding inspection procedures and enforcement policies for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), 29 CFR § 1910.502, and 29 CFR § 1910.504.

The directive provides on-site inspection guidance to OSHA Inspectors to utilize when conducting routine or compliant related OSHA Inspections for employers listed within the National Emphasis Program (NEP). Healthcare service employers are included in the NEP high-risk hazard employer category, with a few exceptions. The ETS requirements apply to healthcare service employers who have 10 or more full-time, part-time, and PRN employees in total.

A key piece of an onsite inspection is the review of your organization’s written COVID-19 Plan and staff observations. Examples of written policies are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Usage and Supply Chain, Infection Control, Emergency Preparedness, Hazard Communication, and Respiratory Protection Program, just to name a few. LW Consulting, Inc. (LWCI) has created an electronic OSHA Environmental, Health, and Safety Policy Manual to address policies and procedures directed in the most recent inspection standards.

The OSHA Environmental, Health, and Safety Policy Manual is designed to support OSHA compliance pre- and post-COVID-19 which ultimately decreases the risk of fines. The content and policies reference the various Federal OSHA standards supported and the resource hyperlinks to the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and National Institute of Health (NIH).

The OSHA Environmental, Health, and Safety Policy Manual includes:

  1. Over 300 pages of policies and procedures that support OSHA requirements and inspection required policies.
  2. Over 100 appendices with printable posters and educational material to support a practice's commitment to safe patient handling and workforce safety.
  3. Policies pertaining to safety, emergency preparedness and response, respiratory protection program and N95 respirator requirements, infection control and PPE, and pandemic and COVID-19 planning and preparedness.
  4. An Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word version of the manual to allow customization of the policies to meet their unique circumstances.

Visit our LWCI Learning Center to learn more about our OSHA Environmental, Health, and Safety Compliance Manual and to view all of our customization options that are available for your organization when purchased.

 

For more information about our manual or how LWCI can help review your current policies and procedures set up a 15-minute discussion with our expert Deborah Alexander, Director, CHC, CHPC, PMP, DPT, MED, STC, CSCS.

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Topics: Compliance