An OSHA Inspection in the Laboratory
Dan Scungio is a Laboratory Safety Officer for Sentara Healthcare, a system of hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina. As “Dan the Lab Safety Man,” he is a lab safety consultant providing training, coaching, and on-site audits. He has authored several safety publications including three reference books and multiple articles.
Do you know why OSHA would come to your lab? Do you know how to respond to an OSHA complaint or allegation? Join Dan the Lab safety Man as he discusses the steps to prepare your lab for an OSHA visit and how to properly respond when it actually happens.
- Review the steps in OSHA’s inspection process
- Discuss areas in the laboratory where potential OSHA violations are likely
- Calculate possible fines and walk through responses to OSHA violations
Course Level - Intermediate
Who Should Attend
Laboratory Administrators, managers, technologists, staff.
Why Should Attend
Because of rising employee injuries across the nation in the past several years, OSHA added healthcare facilities to its list of “high risk” workplaces. That means that hospitals and laboratories are at greater risk than before encountering an unannounced OSHA inspection. State or federal inspectors can arrive at the laboratory door in response to a specific incident, to answer a complaint, or simply because the workplace was chosen at random. In any case, understanding how to prepare and respond to these inspections is crucial to the continuing operation of the laboratory. There are specific steps to take from the time an inspector arrives at the time a final report is received in the laboratory. Preparations for an inspection include a focus on Blood borne Pathogens, Chemical Management, General Safety, and even Ergonomics. OSHA fine rates increased for the first time in over 30 years in 2016, and understanding how fines are determined and calculated is helpful when responding to a written report. This session will enable labs to avoid common safety inspection findings as well as to improve the overall safety culture in order to prevent employee accidents and injuries. When an inspector arrives, attendees will become comfortable with the audit process as well as with the methods used to respond to any findings.