OSHA Injury, Illness Report Due March 2

March 2, 2020, is the deadline for electronically reporting your Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300A data for calendar year 2019. Collection began January 2, 2020. OSHA published a Final Rule to amend its recordkeeping regulation to remove the requirement to electronically submit to OSHA information from the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries…

House Approves Health Workplace Violence Prevention Legislation

Last week the House of Representatives passed legislation extending employee protections against violence in the workplace. Introduced as the Workplace Violence Prevention for Heath Care and Social Service Workers Act, H.R. 1309, by Rep. Joe Courtney, the vote passed with a tally of 251 in favor and 158 opposed. In introducing the bill, Rep. Courtney…

New Standards for Handling Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings

Effective December 1, 2019, all health care providers are required to follow standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HDs). The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) chapter 800 is set of standards for handling of hazardous drugs (HDs) where there is a risk of exposure to patients, healthcare workers, and the environment. USP General Chapter 800…

House of Reps Contingent Seeks OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

In late February 2019, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and several other members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309). The Education and Labor Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the legislation on February 27. As of this writing H.R. 1309 has…

March 2 is Deadline to Submit OSHA Data

March 2, 2019, is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2018. Collection began January 2, 2019. OSHA published a Final Rule to amend its recordkeeping regulation to remove the requirement to electronically submit to OSHA information from the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and…

New OSHA Rule Protects Worker Privacy and Eliminates Electronic Submission of Some Data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to…

Workplace Violence and Reducing Turnover of Home Health Employees

A special to NAHC Report by Louis C. Kirby, MD One of the two most significant limitations on growth in the home health and hospice sector is labor shortages – recruiting and retaining qualified nurses and home health workers. Registered nurses are retiring faster than new ones can be trained1, and one of the primary causes…