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Announcing Your 2019 Risk Control Webinar Series

Topics and dates are as follows:

  • March 20 — The Importance of Properly Written Job Descriptions and the Role They Play
  • April 24 — Workplace Violence: Assessment and Response
  • May 15 — Anger Is Not a Stand-Alone Emotion: De-Escalation for the Emotional Adverse
  • June 19 — Sharps Injury Prevention for Employees
  • September 25 — Driver Safety: More than Distractions Effective Fleet Management Practices
  • October 23 — Employee Safety and the Just Culture Model
All webinars are shared live from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern.

To view the brochure, click here.

To register, click here.

Easy Computer Workstation Set-Up – Interactive!

This easy online, interactive tutorial will help employees make instant improvements to their own workstations. Employees will learn how they can be more comfortable, find it easier to work, and lessen their risk for aches and pains from working in poor postures.

“Very helpful …very easy to use and valuable. I learned things I had never heard of, it makes so much sense!...easy and straightforward.” - Garrett Marttinen, HR Coordinator

“Clear and understandable.” - Brielle Kysar, Payroll Administrator

Please download to use. Also see handout: Stretches for Computer Workstation Comfort

Can Exercise Balls Replace the Office Chair?

The idea of using an exercise ball, or yoga ball, in place of an office chair at work seems to be an attractive substitute to some employees. Human resource staff, employee health personnel, and others are being asked by employees if they can sit on a yoga or exercise ball at work. This leads to the question: are these balls a good option in the work environment? Here are some things to consider.
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UPDATE: Complete Your OSHA 300 Log and Summary 300A

In January each year, many employers with more than 10 employees are required to complete the OSHA 300 Log and prepare the Summary 300A for work-related recordable injuries and illnesses. Certain low-risk industries, including employers classified in NACIS 6211 Offices of Physicians and NAICS Code 6214 Outpatient Care Centers, are exempt from maintaining the log and summary.
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Tools to Manage Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures

Bloodborne Pathogen ExposuresOne of the most frequent incidents within healthcare is exposure to potentially infectious disease through needlesticks, sharp injuries, and percutaneous splashes. Coverys Workers’ Compensation Services (WCS) staff recognize the significant risk to which healthcare employers are exposed, as numerous exposure claims and questions are received. Tools to support your bloodborne pathogen management process are included here:

Sample Process for Needlestick, Blood and Body Fluid Exposures

Employee Blood & Body Fluid Exposure Checklist

Bloodborne Pathogen Splash Significance Chart

OSHA Sharps Injury Log

If you have any questions, please contact Coverys Medical Management.

‘Tis the (Flu) Season: Teach Employees to Wash Their Hands

MIOSHA GrantsNational Hand Washing Awareness Week is celebrated from December 4–10, and healthcare organizations search for ways to encourage staff participation all year long. A number of hospitals created videos to teach staff about handwashing and submitted them to an annual APIC contest, held each June. This year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center won the APIC 2016 Film Festival People’s Choice Award with their video, “Stop the Spread of Infection, It’s In Our Hands.

To pick your favorite from all of the creative entries, please click here.

OSHA Updates the Walking-Working Surfaces Standard

MIOSHA GrantsSlips and falls remain one of the two most frequent and costly causes of employee injury in healthcare. Effective on Jan. 17, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released the final rule for general industry updating the 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D - Walking-Working Surfaces, specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The final rule's most significant update, according to the news release, is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems.

Significant portions relating to healthcare remain, including the housekeeping provision 1910.22(a)(1), designed to ensure that “all places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service rooms shall be kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.” Additional relevant sections include protections for floor openings, wall openings, and stairways.

To access OSHA’s national news release, click here.

Reminder: Finalize the OSHA 300 and 300A in January

MIOSHA GrantsEach organization with more than 10 employees at any time during the previous calendar year must keep OSHA injury or illness records unless the establishment is classified as partially exempt in that rule year.

An OSHA recordable injury or illness is defined as follows:
  1. Any work-related fatality.
  2. Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
  3. Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
  4. Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
  5. There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needlesticks and sharps injuries; medical removal; hearing loss; and tuberculosis.
The required time frames are as follows:
All year: Complete Incident Report forms and record where required in the OSHA 300 log

January: Complete the OSHA 300 log and fill out 300A Summary

February 1–April 30: Post the 300A Summary

To access the Injury and Illness Recordkeeping forms, click here.

For a tutorial on how to complete the OSHA Recordkeeping forms, click here.

For more information, please contact your Coverys Loss Prevention Services Risk Management Consultant.

Revised Recordkeeping Reporting Requirements

MIOSHA GrantsOSHA’s revised Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses standard was issued on May 11, 2016, with anti-retaliation provisions delayed until December 1, 2016, and additional requirements scheduled in 2017.

Severe Injury Reporting

Employers must report to OSHA:
  1. All work-related fatalities within eight hours. Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident must be reported to OSHA.
  2. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours. These injuries must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related incident. Employers do not have to report an inpatient hospitalization if it was for diagnostic testing or observation only.
The State Plan adoption of OSHA’s revised reporting requirements is located here.

OSHA Releases New Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings

MIOSHA GrantsOSHA recently released their new Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings, with emphasis
in the following areas during both programmed and un-programmed inspections:

  1. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) relating to patient or resident handling
  2. Workplace violence (WPV)
  3. Bloodborne pathogens (BBP)
  4. Tuberculosis (TB)
  5. Slips, trips and falls (STFs)


According to the Guidance, these focus hazards will be addressed in addition to other hazards that may be
the subject of the inspection or brought to the attention of the compliance officer during the inspection.
Additional hazards include:

  • •  Exposure to multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs)
  • •  Exposures to hazardous chemicals, such as sanitizers, disinfectants, anesthetic gases, and hazardous drugs.

State OSHAs, such as Michigan’s MIOSHA, are required to follow suit.

To access the Guidance, please click here.

OSHA Updates the Workplace Violence Prevention Guidelines for Healthcare

MIOSHA GrantsWorkplace violence is certainly an area of ongoing concern, with healthcare employees suffering 50% of all assaults, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This area is also in the regulatory spotlight, with the updated 2015 Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers now available.

To access the guidelines, click here.

To access the OSHA website, click here.

Slip and Fall Hazard Level Poster

Slip Fall Level PosterExterior walking conditions change continuously, and employees need to be aware of these changes when they leave the building. A sign to communicate the changing slip and fall hazard levels is shared for your use. The arrow is on the second page, and it needs to be attached to the wheel by a two-prong paper fastener.

To download the slip and fall hazard level poster, click here.

Supervisor Training for the Newly Revised Hazard Communication Standard is now Available!

HazCom 2012This session provides supervisors and managers with a road map to complete the required components of the newly revised Hazard Communication Standard. Checklists and descriptions will provide a way to take back and implement what is learned!

To access, please click here.

The ANA Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards Are Now Available

ANA Safe Patient HandlingThe ANA recently developed national, interdisciplinary safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) standards to help healthcare employers develop safe, effective and enduring programs. Titled Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards, this much-anticipated document is now available! The price for an ebook is $16.95 for members and $23.95 for non-members. This a clear, well-ordered best practice set of standards that lay out how a program should operate, and is a valuable tool for all disciplines where physical assistance is provided to patients.

To review a sample of the standards, click here.

To order the standards, click here.

Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention Checklist


When an employee falls, the resulting injury can range from a minor to a very severe injury, creating a need to focus on preventing the fall in the first place. During the season of snow and ice, extra opportunities for slipping and falling abound, so extra efforts to prevent these slips and falls are needed.

To support injury prevention endeavors, the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH) created a useful resource for healthcare, titled Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers. This paper includes discussions, pictures and tools for prevention, including a checklist. To access, click here.