OSHA Inspectors are citing the following:
- Sharps - Recently, a funeral home was cited for using a standard scalpel with removable blades. Even with the safe use of the scalpel remover, this has been considered a violation via engineering controls. OSHA is requiring scalpels to be engineered with sliding shields or retractable blades.
- Make sure you have Eye Wash and Shower Station.
- Proper Drainage.
- Sharps disposal containers in close proximity to embalmer
- Updated labels on entry door, cabinets, embalming machine, and much more.
- Training provided and signed for by employees on an annual basis.
- Carbon Monoxide testing with certification of passing for automobile garages.
- Formaldehyde testing.
- Proper Local Exhaust Ventilation System - recommended 12 air exchanges per hour minimum
- Make sure you are using a reputable Regulated Medical Waste company.
Lastly, when using a consultant to assist your funeral home with all issues pertaining to OSHA, make sure that you, the owner/manager follow through with the program. This is the only way you will minimize what OSHA could do to your business. Remember, OSHA citations are considered a revenue stream for the government. Therefore, they will find something, regardless the reach.