MediCleanse takes special care to adhere to OSHA requirements. For your convenience and knowledge, a few of the guidelines are listed for you below.
Provision. When there is occupational exposure, the employer shall provide, at no cost to the employee, appropriate personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks and eye protection, and mouthpieces, resuscitation bags, pocket masks, or other ventilation devices. Personal protective equipment will be considered “appropriate” only if it does not permit blood or other potentially infectious materials to pass through to or reach the employee’s work clothes, street clothes, undergarments, skin, eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes under normal conditions of use and for the duration of time which the protective equipment will be used.
“MediCleanse provides a complete line of personal protective equipment to meet your occupational apparel needs. Select the garments of your choice, ranging from Fluid Resistance Lab Coats to Professional Scrub Apparel, based on your level of exposure.”
Accessibility. The employer shall ensure that appropriate personal protective equipment in the appropriate sizes is readily accessible at the worksite or is issued to the employee.
“A dedicated healthcare Route Manager will service your account at specified times, measuring new employees, deliver clean apparel, pick up soiled linen, and manage all of your textile rental needs.”
Cleaning, Laundering, and Disposal. The employer shall clean, launder, and dispose of personal protective equipment required by paragraphs (d) and (e) of this standard, at no cost the employee.
“MediCleanse managed service includes professional soil pick up, laundering and finishing of personal protective textiles.”
Contaminated laundry shall be bagged or containerized at the location where it was used and shall not be sorted or rinsed in the location of use.
“MediCleanse will provide proper contaminated laundry bags and hampers for placement at each location where soiled linen is generated.”
Contaminated laundry shall be placed and transported in bags or containers labeled or color-coded in accordance with paragraph (g)(1)(i) of this standard. When a facility utilizes Universal Precautions in the handling of all soiled laundry, alternative labeling or color-coding is sufficient if it permits all employees to recognize the containers as requiring compliance with Universal Precautions.
“MediCleanse Biohazard Labeled Laundry Bag is labeled with a biohazard for ease of recognition.”
The employer shall ensure that the employees who have contact with contaminated laundry wear protective gloves and other appropriate personal equipment.
“MediCleanse’s dedicated Route Managers are specifically trained to help support your compliance efforts with appropriate personal protection equipment and contaminated laundry storage.”
When a facility ships contaminated laundry off-site to a second facility which does not utilize Universal Precautions in the handling of all laundry, the facility generating the contaminated laundry must place such laundry in bags or containers which are labeled or color-coded in accordance with paragraph (g)(1)(i).
“MediCleanse supplies the appropriate laundry bags for your convenience.”
Warning labels shall be affixed to containers of regulated waste, refrigerators and freezers containing blood or other potentially infectious material; and other containers used to store, transport or ship blood or other potentially infectious materials, except as provided in paragraph (g)(1)(i)(E), (F) and (G).
“MediCleanse Biohazard Labeled Laundry Bag is designed specifically for healthcare linen.”
Labels required by the section shall include the following legend:
“MediCleanse Biohazard Labeled Laundry Bag features the above legend.”
These labels shall be fluorescent orange or orange-red or predominantly so, with lettering and symbols in contrasting color.
“MediCleanse biohazard Labeled Laundry Bag features an orange label with Black lettering and symbols.”
Labels shall be affixed as close as feasible to the container by string, wire, adhesive, or other method that prevents their loss or unintentional removal.
“MediCleanse contaminated linen bags have the biohazard label printed directly onto its fluid resistant bags.”
Important Notice: The OSHA excerpts and supplemental commentary contained herein provide only limited information on the subject matter. It is provided with the understanding that the information does not constitute legal advice. MediCleanse disclaims responsibility for application of the contents to any particular circumstances. For application to particular circumstances, the reader should engage the services of a competent advisor.