Lab Safety

Statistics Suggest OSHA Has Been Lax in Enforcing Workplace COVID-19 Safety

As COVID-19 cases surge, going to work has become a risky proposition, especially for employees of labs, hospitals and other health care facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration … [Read more...]

Managing Staff

Disciplining Employees for Not Following COVID-19 Restrictions When They Are Off-Duty

PICTURE THIS COVID-19 cases are surging. Your state or city is in full lockdown mode. That means, among other things, that outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people aren’t allowed. So, it disturbs … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends: Has OSHA Done Enough to Enforce COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules?

Even after the election and swearing in of the new President, federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains a politically charged issue. One bone of contention involves whether OSHA has … [Read more...]

Tool: Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

It behooves you to ensure that lab workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect not only themselves but also co-workers, patients and others at your facility. But what if workers neglect or just … [Read more...]

Tool: Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

It behooves you to ensure that lab workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect not only themselves but also co-workers, patients and others at your facility. But what if workers neglect or just … [Read more...]

Tool: Lab Worker’s Acknowledgement of Decision to Decline COVID-19 Vaccination

You should ensure that lab workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect not only themselves but also co-workers, patients and others at your facility. But what if workers neglect or just plain … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a Legally Sound Substance Abuse Policy

Bottom Line on Top: Make it all about fitness for duty, rather than zero tolerance Although it may sound good, zero tolerance may not be the best foundation on which to build a legally enforceable … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Referral Arrangement Violates Kickback Laws Even If Even Only Purpose Is to Generate Illegal Referrals Case: The U.S. Attorney accused a Kentucky physician of taking a $105 per beneficiary payment … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

OSHA Fines New Jersey Hospital for Coronavirus Respiratory Protection Violations

Case: OSHA is proposing to fine the hospital $9,639 for two serious violations: i. Failure to fit test tight-fitting respirators face piece respirators on employees required to use them; and ii. Not … [Read more...]

Quiz

Lab’s Duty to Protect Returning Employees from COVID-19 Discrimination and Harassment

SITUATION Fully recovered from his bout with COVID-19, Max is thrilled and excited to return to his custodian job after 14 days of mandatory home isolation. But almost immediately, he senses that … [Read more...]


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