Stay On Top Of Your Game!
Edition: April 2002 - Vol 10 Number 04
1. False. This small amount does not exceed safe air levels. Soaking bins must be kept tightly closed, though, to keep air levels low.
2. False. (See answer to 1, above.) Accounts that do extensive high-level disinfection should opt for a safety hood.
4. B. Sell every account plastic capillary tubes.
5. A. The last possible date to be in compliance was 10/17/2001.
6. A. Nurses outnumber all other healthcare employees for needlesticks, with physicians placing second. If an account has given a lukewarm reception to the safety needle issue, approach a nurse.
9. B. Only when urine samples are visibly bloody are gloves required.
10. D. Quality America receives several calls a week from disgruntled accounts who ask for OSHA's number to submit a complaint against their employer.
11. B.Workers must choose the device that works best for their circumstances. OSHA has indicated, however, that needle destruction devices don't substitute for safety needles, except when patients use needles at home.
12. C. Hepatitis C is now the most common pathogen transmitted by needlesticks. When people rushed to give blood after September 11, the Red Cross reported a surprisingly high level of HCV in the general population.
13. B. Most physician offices are such low risk for TB that HEPA masks aren't needed. On the other hand, some practices have recently begun purchasing N-95 masks for other emergency situations (toxic chemical release, anthrax, etc.).
14. A. Urine is not considered a biohazardous substance, unless it is visibly bloody.
How did you do?
If you answered more than 13 questions correctly, you are definitely on top of your game. You're a self-starter, very competitive, driven to perfection, attentive to details, and enjoy secretly wearing a plastic pocket protector. You also work long hours and are a real delight to your customers. You've gathered the resources to educate and convert your customers, learned how to handle their objections and are reaping the rewards. Congratulations!
If you answered between 10 and 12 questions correctly, you see the whole regulatory area as a pain in the neck, but an opportunity nevertheless. Begin to get involved in learning the painful details so that when asked by customers, you can show off your expertise and earn their business!
If you answered less than 10 questions correctly, call whatever manufacturer reps you know that sell safety products (See Box) and pick their brains. This can be a real opportunity to increase sales, especially if the competition is asleep at the wheel!
OSHA Manual (Exposure Control Plan)
OSHA Training Video
Sharps Containers (each exam room)
Biohazard Lab Specimen bags
BP Unit (non-mercury)
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Personal Protective Equipment: Gowns, Gloves, Face Shields
Plastic Capillary tubes
ABOUT THE AUTHOR .
Dr. Sheila Dunn heads Quality America, Inc., an Asheville, NC based consulting firm that publishes an OSHA Safety Manual, Video and Newsletter. Quality America's newest products are a Sharps Injury Reduction Program'' video and the HELP Book, an Emergency Action Guide. Quality America products are sold through distribution. For more information, call 800-946-9956, or visit Quality America's OnLine Resource Center @ www.quality-america.com.