Ask the Experts: OSHA Training in Medical Offices

Question: What OSHA training is required for a medical office?

Answer: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website offers a wealth of resources for employers, including a Compliance Assistance Quick Start that lists steps to help you identify the major OSHA requirements and guidance materials that might apply to your health care facility. Additionally, all new hires should be trained on bloodborne pathogens and universal precautions, including needle stick safety and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the overall emergency action plan and evacuation routes and procedures for the clinics.

In general, monthly safety meetings with an information/training component covering issues such as electrical safety, chemical hazards, patient safety, safe lifting/ergonomics, influenza, contagious diseases and other concerns are a best practice. Bloodborne pathogen, PPE, universal precautions, and needle stick safety training should be conducted annually as a refresher.

Finally, employers should develop workplace violence and sexual harassment training programs and policies that not only encompasses employee behavior, but patient behavior.