Bloodborne pathogens: Oregon OSHA launches Spanish-language training course

First published by Safety+Health an NSC publication

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Salem, OR — Oregon OSHA has launched a Spanish-language online training course on bloodborne pathogens for health care, emergency response, hospitality and other industries.

Bloodborne pathogens – infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV – can be transmitted to workers via needlestick, broken glass or other sharps.

Aimed at helping employers meet the requirements of Oregon OSHA’s standard on bloodborne pathogens, the free course includes videos, interactive scenarios and a quiz. Topics covered include assessing the potential for exposure, the elements and management of an exposure-control plan, and preventing and reducing exposures.

“It takes solid planning, training and other critical steps to address the potential on-the-job hazards of bloodborne pathogens,” Julie Love, interim administrator of Oregon OSHA, said in a press release. “But language barriers can pose challenges to taking those steps. That is why we’re offering this new tool to help break down those barriers.”

Oregon OSHA, which operates under federal OSHA’s State Plan program, has also published a bloodborne pathogens guide that includes answers to key questions about workplace exposure.

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OSHA issues compliance directive for enforcing emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers from coronavirus

First published by OSHA

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniform inspection and enforcement procedures for its Emergency Temporary Standard to protect healthcare workers from occupational exposures to COVID-19.

The new directive provides OSHA compliance safety and health officers with guidance and procedures on how to enforce the standard’s requirements for:

  • Written COVID-19 plan
  • Patient/Non-employee screening and management
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Aerosol-generating procedures
  • Physical distancing
  • Physical barriers
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Ventilation
  • Employee health screening and medical management
  • Vaccination
  • Training
  • Anti-retaliation
  • Requirements at no cost
  • Recordkeeping
  • Reporting to OSHA

The ETS became effective June 21, 2021. Employers must comply with most provisions by July 6, 2021, and with training, ventilation, and barrier provisions by July 21, 2021.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Healthcare ETS.

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Cardiac Science recalls all G3 Elite AEDs

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Deerfield, WI — Cardiac Science Corp. has issued a voluntary recall of its G3 Elite AEDs because a “software anomaly” may cause the devices’ status indicator to malfunction.

In a Jan. 21 notice to customers, the company states that it has received reports of the Rescue Ready status indicator displaying red and the service LED illuminating because of the software issue. The anomaly is associated with the devices’ daylight saving time feature.

“If the device is configured with the DST enabled, it will experience error code ‘0x99’ after daylight saving (time),” the notice states. “In this state, the device must be returned to Cardiac Science to clear the error, but it can be used clinically if an emergency arises.”

The company encourages customers with affected G3 Elite AEDs to immediately:

  • Locate the affected devices.
  • Remove the device from service if it has failed its self-test.
  • Alert all G3 Elite users of the problem.
  • Contact the Cardiac Science technical support team at (262) 953-3500 or (800) 426-0337, or a local representative, to schedule an update – regardless of self-test status.

Cardiac Science is revising the software to prevent the issue from occurring in the future and will make the update available free of charge, the notice states.