Understanding OSHA Medical Office Requirements

OSHA Medical Office Requirements

When you open a medical practice of any kind, you likely think about the people you can help. It’s easy to forget the requirements imposed by governmental entities like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL).

While HHS is responsible for enforcing the standards of HIPAA, DOL enforces workhour standards through the Fair Labor Standards Act and workplace safety through the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Do you understand OSHA’s medical office requirements? 

Understanding OSHA Medical Office Requirements – Where it All Begins

Apart from a few narrow exceptions, every employer in the country must follow OSHA guidelines. Along with the requirements written for specific jobs and industries such as construction or healthcare, the OSHA General Duty Clause (GDC) acts as a ‘catch-all’ safety rule, and best illustrates the intended purpose of OSHA’s rules. 

The GDC states:

  • Each employer shall furnish to each of their employees’ employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
  • Each employer shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this act.
  • Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act, which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.

On the surface, it seems simple to understand. But with at least 26 standard classifications across four industries (general industry, construction, maritime, and agriculture, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds.

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