It’s Your Call March 2018

OSHA: Why does the water from the eyewash need to be tepid?

OSHA refers to the 2014 ANSI standard Z358.1 which states that the water temperature delivered by emergency equipment should be tepid. Tepid is defined to be between 60°F (16°C) and 100°F (38°C).

Citations may be issued under OSHA standard CFR 1910.151 if the drenching/flushing facilities are unacceptable. This standard requires the employer to provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body when employees may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials.




HIPAA:  Your office is about to try about a new product, and several flyers have been mailed to your patients. Is this considered marketing communications?

No. Describing health-related products or services is excluded from the definition of marketing communications. So it is permissible for a dental office to send information about a new laser procedure. Similarly, a medical office could send flyers to existing patients about classes to manage diabetes.