ARS Regulatory Alerts
CIHQ-ARS notifies member organizations of any new or modified accreditation standard, or CMS COP for acute care hospitals. Each alert summarizes the standard / regulation, likely impact to members, and recommends compliance strategies. Whenever possible, alerts are limited to one-page in length so that they can be quickly read and disseminated.
New Regulatory Alert
March 8, 2022
OSHA Announces Focused Inspections For Covid-19 Treating Facilities
On March 7, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an enforcement announcement regarding focused inspections in hospitals and nursing care facilities who are treating COVID-19 patients.
OSHA intends to expand its presence in targeted high-hazard healthcare facilities during a three-month period from March 9, 2022, to June 9, 2022. Through this focused enforcement initiative, the agency will verify and assess hospital and skilled nursing care employers’ compliance actions taken, including their readiness to address any ongoing or future COVID-19 surges.
This initiative supplements OSHA’s targeted enforcement under the Revised COVID-19 National Emphasis Program. This initiative and the revised COVID-19 National Emphasis Program would comprise 15 percent of OSHA’s enforcement activity.
Discussion & Recommendations
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