May 13, 2013

Cell Phone Poster

Do you frequently have patients chatting loudly on their cell phone in your waiting area? 
Are you trying to discuss treatment with a patient while they are busy texting?

If you have these, and other cell phone distractions, then it is time to create a new office policy banning cell phone use for the practice. Compliance PhD has created a new poster that will simply and effectively inform your patients that cell phone use in the office is no longer allowed.

It states: Please Turn Off Your Cell Phone. In consideration of all patients and office staff, we ask that you complete all calls and text messages prior to entering our office. 

Members of Compliance PhD have access to this poster and many other Practice Management Tools.  If you have questions about Health care Compliance, or need tools to train your office staff, contact Compliance PhD today, or visit

Compliance PhD is happy to provide the readers of this blog with free access to this new Cell Phone Poster. To download and print a copy of this new poster. Click HERE.

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May 2, 2013

Changes to OSHA's Hazard Communications Policy

Q: I have heard that OSHA is changing its Hazard Communications Policy to align itself with the GHS of Labeling. What does this mean?

A: Beginning in 2015, OSHA's Hazard Communications Policy will align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). The GHS is an international approach to hazard communication and is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard and the chemical classification and labeling systems of other US agencies.

The GHS provides criteria for health, physical, and environmental hazards of chemicals. It also includes standardized label elements that are assigned to these hazard classes and categories, and provide the appropriate signal words, pictogram's, and hazard and precautionary statements to convey the hazards to users. A standardized order of information for safety data sheets is also provided. OSHA Compliance Officers are responsible to ensure the necessary information is included and maintained in the practice Hazard Communication Plan.

Compliance with the updated system is Summer of 2015; however, OSHA has stated that covered entities must train staff on the new GHS by December 1, 2013.

Training for staff must be completed by December 1, 2013 because many manufactures are beginning to use the updated labels, hazard statements, pictogram's, and signal words. It is essential that staff become familiar with them, and how to understand the information correctly.

This Summer, Compliance PhD will be posting a new Hazard Communications Training. This training will cover:
  • Conversion to the Globally Harmonized System
  • Hazardous Chemicals List
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) "Formally known as MSDS"
  • Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals
  • Pictograms
  • Product Identifiers
  • Signal Words
  • Hazard Statements
  • Precautionary Statements
  • Using Labels
Current Members of Compliance PhD will be able to register staff for this new training at "no-cost."

If you have questions about OSHA's transition to the new GHS system, or would like more information about Compliance PhD and the online training services we provide, please contact us.