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OSHA Violations and the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Did you know that the most frequent cause of OSHA violations related to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is outdated, or otherwise non-compliant, Exposure Control Plans?

It is generally known in the biotech community that Exposure Control Plans are required to be in place for any facility working with blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM). What is often overlooked is that there is a specific regulatory requirement to update the Plan.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (in section 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv) ) specifies that the Exposure Control Plan must be reviewed and updated at least annually and whenever necessary to include new or modified tasks and procedures which affect occupational exposure and to address new or revised employee positions with occupational exposure.

The review and update of the Exposure Control Plan must also reflect changes in technology that eliminate or reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens and document annually consideration and implementation of appropriate commercially available and effective safer medical […]

Have You Conducted Refresher Safety Training in 2020?

It’s not too late to conduct your annual refresher safety training! With all the COVID 19-related changes that everyone has had to make in the workplace this year, it’s easy to see how this requirement could slip through the cracks.

In light of the pandemic, OSHA is making some allowances for lapses in annual training requirements such as for companies that were required to close for a period of time.

That said, OSHA is requiring that companies demonstrate that they have made a good faith effort to comply with annual training requirements including the use of virtual training options and other means of remote communication. The use of virtual training has been a great option for many companies and has even proven to make annual refresher training easier to schedule!

Which OSHA standards specifically require refresher training?

  • The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires that annual training be provided within one year (i.e., 12 months) […]

Bloodborne Pathogen Training Reminder

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, applies to all occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious material as defined in the standard.  When implementing a bloodborne pathogen program, the standard needs to be reviewed in detail to ensure full compliance is achieved.  Pay particular attention to the stipulated training requirements.

First and foremost, an exposure determination needs to be conducted to determine the job classifications, and tasks and procedures that fall under the standard.  This exposure determination needs to be documented, even if the evaluation shows that the bloodborne pathogen standard is not applicable to job tasks and procedures at your facility.   Among other requirements, an Exposure Control Plan needs to be written and implemented to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  An evaluation of the required PPE, proper work practices, safer sharps options, and waste disposal practices should be conducted.  Be sure to comply with all of the timelines stipulated […]

March 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Making Safety Training Fun

“I Love Safety Training!”

Wait…what?  Have you heard many people utter these words before?

It is easy to say that the importance of developing an effective safety training program should not be overlooked, but how do you put a fun and therefore effective safety training program into practice?

Developing a robust new employee safety orientation that encompasses a safety tour of the facility and interactive sessions to demonstrate the safety policies will likely improve material retention.  If new hires are forced to sit through hours of lectures to cover material that checks the boxes for various regulations, the details will be lost in the myriad of information given to them on their first day at a new job.  Encourage questions, ask questions, and get to know the new hires’ previous experiences with safety.  Start to build trust that a collaborative environment will be fostered from day one.

Even though annual refresher trainings are mandatory, this does not mean […]

Chemical Reactivity Hazards Training: November 8, 2018

Join us for a one day session to learn how to:

  • Recognize potential chemical reactivity hazards
  • Put in place controls to prevent chemical reactivity incidents
  • Screen processes for potential chemical reactivity hazards that could cause harm to people, property or the environment
  • Implement a management system to help predict & prevent incidents
  • Recognize when a job safety analysis is needed

Lessons learned from recent reactive chemistry incidents will be explored. Participants will discuss control methods and share experiences in evaluating and controlling chemical reactivity hazards.

Training Approved for 7 TCH credits through MA DEP

Who should take this course?

Chemists, EHS professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Chemical Hygiene Officers, and Lab Supervisors

About our instructor, Neal Langerman, Ph.D.:

Dr. Langerman has over 30 years’ experience in the field of chemical safety, including holding university faculty and chemical safety consulting posts. He sits on the editorial boards of several major industry publications and is the Owner and Principal Scientist at Advanced Chemical Safety, Inc. (www.chemical-safety.com)

Course Logistics

November 8, 2018

8:30AM – 3:30PM

Cost

$650 […]

October 30th, 2018|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Don’t Let Safety Training Just Check a Box

It is easy to say that the importance of developing an effective safety training program should not be overlooked, but how do you put a fun and therefore effective safety training program into practice? The consequences of viewing safety training simply as a task that must be completed to check a box rather than promote a high regard for the overall safety program can be significant.

Developing a robust new employee safety orientation that encompasses a safety tour of the facility and interactive sessions to demonstrate the safety policies will likely improve material retention. If new hires are forced to sit through hours of lectures to cover material that checks the boxes for various regulations, the details will be lost in the myriad of information given to them on their first day at a new job. Encourage questions, ask questions, and get to know the new hires’ previous experiences with safety. Encourage management to support […]

Should You Offer First Aid and CPR Training?

Does your company offer first aid and CPR training to employees on a voluntary basis? Of course if an AED is present in the company’s space, CPR and AED training needs to take place. Even if your company does not have an AED or require employees to respond to medical emergencies, it is a good idea to offer first aid and CPR training on a voluntary basis.

Offering CPR and first aid training even when an AED is not present is not only a good idea but also can be required by regulation. OSHA’s Medical services and first aid standard, 29 CFR 1910.151 states “In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.” There are interpretation letters available to […]

Safety Partners Promotes Jennifer Reilly to Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Mueller to Vice President of Quality, Research, and Training

Safety Partners, Inc. is proud to announce the promotions of Jennifer Reilly to Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Mueller to Vice President of Quality, Research, and Training. Safety Partners is the leading environmental, health, and safety consulting firm serving the life sciences industry in greater Boston.

Jennifer will manage the daily operations of the company, including client service, service delivery, recruiting, sales, and Quality, Research and Training. She joined Safety Partners as a Consulting Safety Officer in 2007.

As Vice President of Quality, Research and Training, Sarah Mueller will oversee all aspects of knowledge management and best practices for the Safety Partners’ programs and trainings, which ensure the consistency and quality of services. She joined Safety Partners as a Consulting Safety Officer in 2004.

“Jennifer and Sarah are key leaders in our organization, and I am thrilled about their promotions. They are instrumental in ensuring that we have a team of EHS consultants that possess outstanding, science-based skills and experience in developing and implementing custom […]

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Conduct Safety Training Before Lab Work Commences

Safety TrainingWhat is the established new employee training schedule at your facility? Is it clear that new employees working in the laboratory need to attend safety training prior to commencing any lab work?

It is ideal to have new employee safety training slotted into new hire orientation on the first or second day of employment. This ensures that safety training occurs in a timely manner and demonstrates the importance of safety training to the company. Having an open policy that safety training will occur within the first week of hire or the first month of hire opens the door to the possibility of lab work initiating prior to training. All employees working in the lab need to attend training on hazard communication, chemical hygiene, biosafety, and emergency procedures, as applicable, prior to initiating any lab work. In addition, specific hands-on training on the established work practices needs to be conducted by the appropriate personnel, possibly […]

Remember IATA Training

airplaneAny time a shipment of a hazardous substance is being prepared at your facility, it is important to have the appropriately trained individuals involved. Department of Transportation (DOT) training is required for individuals shipping hazardous substances, and signing a shippers’ declaration. In addition, IATA training is required for any shipment of dangerous goods being sent via air.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulates the transport of dangerous goods via aircraft, both domestically and internationally. The 56th Edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations became effective January 1, 2015. This training is often overlooked when companies assume that their hazmat employees are trained for all shipments after sending them to DOT training. IATA training should be good for two years once completed.

Two items that are shipped fairly regularly which are considered dangerous goods are dry ice and lithium batteries. So remember to have your hazmat employees attend all of the training necessary […]