OSHA information by BioWaste LLC: a medical waste and sharp disposal in Clarksville TN

TOSHA (Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act) is one of the regulating departments from the state of Tennessee, by law TOSHA has the right to visit and audit any health care facility at any given time. We at BioWaste LLC help our customers to be in compliance by making recommendations and by providing OSHA training. If you are in need of assistance please contact our friendly customer service at (615) 491-4929.

We at BioWaste LLC have successfully helped many of our customers with their OSHA compliance. The following are some of the most common issues we have seen as we work with our customers.

  • Employers are required to provide and to decide what PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is to be used by their employees; however, not getting input from employees on selection of safer medical devices is a common violation to health care facilities found in audits.
  • If the Health care facility has decided to used different devices in order to reduce or help eliminate sharps injuries it must include use and limitations of methods to reduce exposure.
  • Health Care facilities are required to keep a log of for sharps injuries, not documenting what type and brand of device involved in exposure incident is one of the many common violations.
  • The Facility must have procedures in place on actions needed to follow after a sharp injury such as the Following:
    • How to report an incident.
    • How to report an incident.
    • Have a blood test to determine HBV, HCV and HIV infectivity on the employee.
    • Results of Test must be documented and stored.
    • Perform an evaluation of reported illnesses.
  • All Health Care facilities are required to provide training to their employees one common citation is that the training did not include information on Hepatitis B Vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination must be offered to employees at no cost, if employee decides not take the shot, it must be documented. In case of exposure, employee is to inform employer. Employee is to get medical attention and follow ups as needed. All of these procedures shall be documented.  
  • Health care facilities are required to document sharp injuries, if the facility decides to evaluate other devices to help prevent sharp injuries, the facility must document the finding and descriptions of device to be used. Health care facilities are required to document sharp injuries, if the facility decides to evaluate other devices to help prevent sharp injuries, the facility must document the finding and descriptions of device to be used. 
  • The Facility must review and update annually the exposure control plan.
  • Inadequate exposure control plan.
    Schedule and implementation for Methods of compliance, HBV (Hepatitis B Vaccination) vaccinations must be given to injured employees. Post exposure follow up must be included.
     Communication of hazards and Record Keeping  
  • No engineering and work practice controls are used to eliminate or minimize exposure to injuries.
  • Improper disposal of contaminated sharps.