If you don’t know the answer to this question, you are in for a surprise! You are not the only one in the dark regarding compliance deadlines when it comes to OSHA and HIPAA. Let us enlighten you.
Let’s begin at the beginning! Annual OSHA Employee Training is required for Federal OSHA compliance, this you may already know.
In addition to that, there was an International Chemical Safety Module added last year called The Global Harmonization System Law (GHS). It is in fact, is a completely separate training requirement from Annual OSHA Employee Training. Not to worry, don’t be overwhelmed, help is available. There are easy, affordable options to help you achieve the GHS training requirement. Selecting the right training program is key! You want a comprehensive, yet simple program (with hand-holding if necessary). Be sure you choose a company that will walk you through the process and provides outstanding service as well.
If that isn’t enough to make your head spin, there’s more! HIPAA has completely changed as of last year. The new protocols are called HIPAA Omnibus Rule. All training and implementation of new protocols were due in place by September 23, 2013. Dental offices now need to be compliant to the Omnibus Rules. This involves employee training and new patient forms, as well as a new HIPAA manual written to the new Omnibus Rule Standard. Again, choosing a user-friendly compliance training program is key! Choosing a compliance company that will walk you through this process, provide ready-to-use forms and easy-to-understand training is paramount. HIPAA compliance is very complex and overwhelming on its own. Don’t try to navigate this slippery slope on your own, help is only a phone call away! For a free HIPAA consultation for your dental office, call 941-587-2864.
Written by Jill Obrochta and Heather Whitt of Dental Enhancements
It’s no joke, having to face OSHA Compliance (especially if you are the one in charge of it!) is a pain! No worries, sit back click your heels together and we are about to make the pain subside. Keep in mind these (3) factors and you will be flying high with OSHA compliance:
1. Comprehensive Is Key!: In 2013 OSHA compliance mandated that dental offices begin to implement the Global Harmonization System (GHS). By December 1, 2013 it was required that all employees be trained to this GHS-Standard. Proof of this training is also required. Your OSHA Manual will also need to be updated to this new GHS standard. Finally, your required OSHA Employee Paperwork needs to be updated too. Don’t feel overwhelmed or discouraged. Simply choose a comprehensive GHS training solution. This one seems to be written by the tooth fairy herself. It’s logical and stress-free!
2. Seek Expert Advice: Plain and simple: Work with OSHA Experts! The new protocols are complex and “You don’t know what you don’t know…(but you need to!) Don’t put your office at risk for a stressful OSHA inspection. It’s not worth the agony. Be sure to choose an OSHA compliance company that will protect and guide you. (This company makes it easy!)
3. Are You Up-to-Date? There is no excuse for non-compliance, And “not knowing” is not a good answer! GHS Standards will undoubtedly change and update. Stay in-touch with a compliance company that will provide comprehensive yet easy-to-understand compliance updates. Choose an OSHA Compliance Training Company that will share updates with you throughout the year and provide an interactive relationship. You will gain comfort, confidence, and peace-of-mind.
Remember these (3) factors are the key to your OSHA compliance success. The OSHA Tooth Fairy is out there. Call her at 941-587-2864.
Written by Jill Obrochta RDH BS & Heather Whitt EFDA of Dental Enhancements.
There is an old adage: “You don’t know, what you don’t know”…And you may not know: Federal OSHA law mandates that you have an additional training module added to your list of OSHA requirements that deal with “international chemical safety in the workplace”.
The fancy name for this is Global Harmonization System (GHS) and it was required for all employees (full-time, part-time and even receptionists) as of December 1, 2013. GHS is the result of the Earth Summit, a meeting of international minds to help standardize chemical safety guidelines for all workplaces around the world. The GHS Standard is new to the USA but has been in full operation in Europe, Canada and several United Nations for the past 8 years. It deals with making the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) of the USA to a standardized format, called Safety Data Sheets (SDS). These are to be hosted in a cloud library for easy access by all employees. The requirement is 24-hour access in case of a reaction to chemicals previously used in the workplace. Additionally, the Hazard Rating Labels of the USA turn into “pictograms”. Small universal symbols that convey chemical dangers when handling substances at work.
The most important thing for dental offices to be aware of is to get the required training under your belt ASAP if you have not yet completed this within your office. (It was due in place by December 1, 2013!). Choose a comprehensive program that gives you: Employee Training, Proof-of-GHS-Training Certificate, New OSHA Manual (written to this GHS Standard) and all updated Employee Paperwork. The GHS Complete Package is a favorite amongst dental professionals and it comes with a 30-minute navigational session of the materials with an OSHA/GHS Expert. This will help you “know what you need to know”. Get smart. Get GHS comprehensive training and “git er done!”
Written by Jill Obrochta & Heather Whitt of Dental Enhancements.