Applied Compliance with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard in Healthcare Institutions

Product Id : HE68
Instructor : Amber Hogan Mitchell & Elise Handelman
Dec 11, 2018 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 90 Minutes

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Healthcare institutions, including acute, ambulatory and long term care, responsible for direct patient care have ongoing exposures to blood, body fluids, and other potentially infectious materials.  They, among other employers are required to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) standard. The requirements they must adhere to are much more detailed than those not practicing patient care, including the use of engineering controls, including sharps injury protection, needleless devices, and other safer medical devices, and the use of personal protective equipment.

Why Should You Attend:

With ongoing and increasing prevalence of bloodborne and infectious diseases, as well as co-infections with multiple pathogens (e.g., HIV and hepatitis C or TB) compliance to the OSHA BBP Standard is more important than in decades past.  This course will describe the rigor with which healthcare facilities need to adhere to the hierarchy of controls dictated by the standard and how they influence the protection of workers and the public they serve.

If you work in a healthcare institution, this webinar will allow to you to gain a tighter grasp on compliance and some best practices to institute in your facility.  If you work for a manufacturer or distributor, this webinar will allow you to better understand your current and future customers and the challenges they face with regard to compliance with the OSHA BBP Standard.  It will provide insights, no matter your working environment, on how important preventing occupational exposures to bloodborne and infectious diseases are today.

This webinar will provide an overview of the BBP standard, identify specific areas where compliance is sometimes challenging, and describe the consequences of non-compliance specifically in healthcare facilities (i.e., acute, ambulatory, long term care). The webinar will also describe requirements set forth in the OSHA BBP Standard from the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, including focus on the use of engineering controls (sharps with injury protection), needleless systems, innovative alternatives, and PPE.  It will highlight the importance of frontline employee evaluation and feedback when selecting engineering controls and PPE and showcase ways to improve accessibility to devices and equipment when they are needed based on exposure incident data.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Data describing current exposure and incident data from the International Safety Center’s Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet®)
  • Review of OSHA’s regulatory authority in healthcare and describe the inspection process
  • Detail all Components of an Exposure Control Plan
  • Provide resources for compliance and device evaluation (e.g., sample Exposure Control Plans, TDICT)
  • Training requirements of the BBP standard
  • Regulated medical waste requirements
  • Signage and labelling requirements

Who Will Benefit:

  • Regulatory VP
  • Quality VPs
  • Environmental/Occupational Safety and Health
  • Risk Management
  • Regulatory Affairs professionals
  • Quality Managers
  • Quality Engineers
  • Consultants
Speaker Profile:

Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH is the International Safety Center’s President and Executive Director.  The Center distributes the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet®) to hospitals to measure occupational exposures to sharps injuries and other blood and body fluid exposures.  Dr. Mitchell's career has been focused on public health and occupational safety and health related to preventing infectious disease.  She has worked in the uniformed services, public, private, and academic sectors. She is the 2019 Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Dr. Mitchell began her career as the first OSHA National Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator and has received several Secretary of Labor Excellence awards for her work on bioterrorism and public preparedness.  She holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a Master’s in Public Health from The George Washington University.  She is Certified in Public Health as a member of the very first CPH cohort offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.  She is extensively published and has presented around the world.

Elise Handelman, BSN, M.Ed. is an Occupational and Environmental Health Consultant. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Safety Center and is Adjunct Faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Handelman has over 30 years of experience in occupational health and was the Director of the Office of Occupational Health Nursing at the Occupational Safety and Health’s (OSHA’s) national office in Washington, D.C. While at OSHA she was recognized by the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award for her work on the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.  

Ms. Handelman’s work has been published in several peer reviewed journals and she has authored a chapter in the text book Working Safely in Health Care: A Practical Guide (2008).  Ms. Handelman has wide experience in adult learning and has participated in numerous on-line educational activities. 

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