OSHA announced it will hold two stakeholders July 29 to hear from stakeholders as it considers whether to develop a standard meant to control workers’ exposures to infectious agents. The tasks it would address might or might not be direct patient care, and the announcement listed examples: housekeeping, food delivery,… Continue Reading Two OSHA Meetings to Discuss Infectious Agents Standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) submitted draft legislation to leaders in Congress in efforts to bolster employer responsibility for occupational safety. The bill, “Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health Protections in the 100th Year Act of 2011,” outlines the changes ASSE says are needed in federal law to improve… Continue Reading ASSE: Workplace Safety Oversight Must Be Strengthened

For New York State accredited office-based surgery practices (“OBS”), the terms of continued accreditation (varying with an OBS’ specific accrediting agency) often come with strict requirements and guidelines concerning the hiring and retention of employees and independent contractors.  Most unexpected (and often overlooked by OBS employers) are the requirements and guidelines that… Continue Reading Compliance Considerations for Accredited Office-Based Surgery Practices When Hiring Employees and Contractors

The U.S. Department of Education today released a new guide to laws and rules colleges must follow to ensure e-reading devices and other emerging technologies are accessible to all students. It focuses on students with vision problems, a group whose access issues have triggered official complaints against colleges. The document, in the… Continue Reading Education Department Clarifies E-Reader Accessibility Rules

Social Media is the latest fad to sweep the world and has ignited debate about issues of privacy that are similar to the concerns that resulted in the passage of HIPAA. Some feel that privacy is irrelevant and that the benefits (whatever they may be) of free access to everything about… Continue Reading Considering Social Media, Mindful of HIPAA

The report, which is produced by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) and the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (Western MassCOSH), stressed that workplace fatalities are preventable. “Of the 47 families who suffered the pain of losing a loved one at… Continue Reading MassCOSH: 47 Massachusetts Workers Died on the Job in 2010; Improved Safety Oversight Needed

OSHA has issued Aluminum Finishing LLC in Adel, Ga., 18 safety citations for a variety of hazards, including a lack of fall protection and dangers from the corroded components of the facility’s structural integrity. Proposed penalties total $125,818. OSHA opened an inspection in October 2010 as a follow-up to an… Continue Reading Repeat, Fall Hazards Add Up to $125,818 Fine for Aluminum Finishing Firm

Too many healthcare organizations have overlooked their obligation to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, says security expert Tom Walsh. Compliance with PCI DSS, designed to help prevent credit card fraud and theft, can help healthcare organizations comply with the HIPAA security rule as well, Walsh stresses. That’s because PCI DSS offers far… Continue Reading Tips on PCI DSS Compliance

If you’re a Covered Entity under HIPAA Compliance, you may be torn between moving your data into the cloud or maintaining it the old-fashioned way – in your own data center. Either way, you must be sure you’re complying with HIPAA requirements. Logicalis has developed a 10-point checklist addressing privacy and… Continue Reading Is your cloud provider HIPAA compliant?

Apple’s iPad has been a pathbreaker of sorts in the technological field. They were many naysayers during its launch regarding its utility, but I suppose the tremendous success of the product have shut up their mouths. The craze and euphoria has not died yet, and with the launch of iPad… Continue Reading Apple’s iPad: Is it a perfect e-learning tool?