August 21, 2015
On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a memorandum, entitled “Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings,” establishing new guidance for OSHA staff for inspections conducted in inpatient health care settings nationwide. The guidance applies to all Federal OSHA inspections, programmed and un-programmed, conducted in hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities; and calls for the investigation of the potential for or existence of hazards.

The goal of the new guidelines is to significantly reduce overexposures to these hazards through a combination of enforcement, compliance assistance, and outreach. Hospitals and nursing homes will now be subject to stricter and broader inspections by OSHA.

For more information, including specifics on the requirements of the new policy, please click here.