Handoffs are a necessary part of patient care. These transfers of information, authority and responsibility occur whenever a provider changes, when a patient is transferred from one unit to another, before and after a procedure, and at admission and discharge.
Employers will face a number of new obligations under OSHA’s revised recordkeeping rules as of August 10, 2016. These include (1) a new anti-retaliation provision; (2) new employee notification requirements; and (3) a new requirement to implement and maintain a “reasonable” injury and illness reporting procedure. For employers required to record injuries and illnesses under OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard, the new rules may require some immediate action.