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STRENGTH & SERVICE SERIES OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Program: What You Need to Know

  • April 27, 2021

In the aftermath of the pandemic, employers continue to prioritize the health and safety of their employees, especially those who cannot work remotely or practice physical distancing at work. This is particularly true of healthcare providers, whose employees are still at risk of contracting COVID-19 and variants of the virus. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — the standardizing body of health and safety in the workplace — requires employers in the U.S. comply with a worksite-specific respiratory protection program to protect employees from inhaling hazardous materials or other harmful contaminants while on the job. This has meant added pressure for skilled nursing, long-term care, and other healthcare facilities to properly document COVID-19 cases, complete necessary N95 mask training with staff, and submit timely reports to maintain compliance. Not doing so can result in citations and financial penalties that are costly and difficult to challenge. During this webinar, Johnson, Kendall & Johnson will explain the four main components of an OSHA compliant respiratory protection program as they pertain to COVID-19 protection in healthcare settings, and what organizations can do to ensure their continued compliance. Attendees will also learn about recent OSHA citations in healthcare, how and when to record COVID-19 cases on the OSHA 300 log, and how to navigate OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting home page.

Featured Speakers

  • Cullen Wise, CSP, MBA, is Vice President, Risk Control Services at Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, and specializes in providing loss control services pertaining to worker’s compensation, general liability, property protection, professional liability, and other lines of coverage.In addition to his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation, he holds an MBA from Temple University.
  • John Kiefner, CSP, ARM, is Vice President, Risk Control Services at Johnson, Kendall & Johnson. John has provided risk control guidance to hundreds of companies in industry, healthcare, and retail, and performs on-site management and employee education, exposure identification, and risk reduction for clients. In addition to CSP and ARM designations, John holds a Bachelor of Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has over 20 years’ experience in safety consultation.
  • Raf Haciski, Vice President, Healthcare at Johnson, Kendall & Johnson is a trusted resource and sought-after speaker in the area of risk management and insurance, having presented to many LeadingAge and other faith-based human service associations across the country. Prior to joining JKJ, Raf was an attorney and litigated on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in coverage disputes adverse to insurance carriers. He has a law degree from Rutgers Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and Conservatory.