OSHA and HIPAA Compliance
Nov05

OSHA and HIPAA Compliance

In healthcare, OSHA and HIPAA compliance are both essential. There are separate standards that must be adhered to for compliance, but there are broad similarities in terms of reporting, recordkeeping, and enforcement. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was signed into law more than 50 years ago and remains as relevant today as it was when President Nixon added his signature to the bill on December 29, 1970. The OSH Act covers the private sector and the federal government and requires employers to create and maintain a safe and healthful working environment, and ensure employees are protected from hazards in the workplace. The OSH Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) within the Department of Labor, which is responsible for outreach, education, assistance, and is also the enforcer of compliance with the OSH Act. OHSA sets health and safety standards against which employers are measured. Those standards are published in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 U.S.C. §§ 651 to 678),...

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OSHA Compliance Checklist
Nov02

OSHA Compliance Checklist

This article includes a summary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, compliance with which is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). At the end of the article, there is a guide for creating an OSHA compliance checklist. An OSHA compliance checklist is a checkbox list of all OHSA requirements that can be used by employers when conducting self-assessments of health and safety policies, procedures, and practices in the workplace. What is the Occupational Safety and Health Act? The Occupational Safety and Health Act, commonly known as the OSH Act or OSHA (29 U.S.C. §§ 651 to 678) was signed into law on December 29, 1970, by President Nixon with the aim of improving health and safety in the workplace in the private sector and federal government. For decades, American workers had to endure dangerous working conditions, which often resulted in workplace accidents, injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Prior to the passing of the OSH Act, few health and safety inspections of workplaces were conducted. The OSH Act is a comprehensive federal law that...

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