We’ve all been there: The Supply Rep brings in a decadent sandwich tray, you are eyeing the chocolate chip cookies, wondering if it’s worth the indulgence. Then you decide, you really must munch on something sweet just to tolerate the next 45 minutes of OSHA yammering! Is the free lunchtime OSHA really worth it?
Well, let’s face it: Free is free. And while you may get a review of safety laws and the convoluted requirements of OSHA, nothing free really amounts to much. Especially, when the OSHA Inspector shows up at your dental office ready to shoot holes through your Free OSHA Compliance Program. (Uggh… Agida! <hick-up>)
Let’s avoid the belly-aching and review the proper, comprehensive way to set up your OSHA Compliance Program. A really good OSHA Compliance Program will have (3) components. Don’t leave any of these out:
1. Have an Annual OSHA Employee Training Session
A proper OSHA Training Session requires you review and fully understand up to (23) areas of compliance. Make sure you have a certificate that references all 23 areas and that all employees sign off on this.
2. Obtain & Fill-Out All Required OSHA Employee Paperwork
There are (5) required forms for each employee to fill out. Make sure your receptionists and part-timers are included in this paper fiasco too. Everyone must comply.
3. Make Sure Your Facility is up to Complete OSHA Compliance
Choose a compliance company that has expertise in all OSHA regulations for the dental office. One that can offer a customized facility report for your office then help you get the recommendations into place.
So in the end, there really are no “free lunches”. Get yourself aligned with an OSHA Training Company that provides the “whole enchilada”. It’s easier on the palate and won’t come back up on you later. <burrrp>
Written by Jill Obrochta & Heather Whitt of Dental Enhancements