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U.S. Labor Dept. & Cintas Settle Pending Federal Osha Cases

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reached an agreement with Cintas Inc.

Read more: U.S. Labor Dept. & Cintas Settle Pending Federal Osha Cases

Ashes Launches An Industry-Wide Initiative To Establish Best Practices With NESPI

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The opening ceremonies of the ASHES 2005 20th Anniversary Conference and Healthcare Marketplace held September 25 – 29 in Phoenix, marked the official launch of National Environmental Services Performance Initiative (NESPI).

NESPI is the ASHES response to members and other environmental services professionals challenged by incomplete industry guidelines for staffing day-to-day operations that guide performance and ensure a clean and safe health care environment.

Read more: Ashes Launches An Industry-Wide Initiative To Establish Best Practices With NESPI

Osha Drafts Ergonomics Guidelines For Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the first set of industry-specific ergonomic guidelines -- Guidelines for Nursing Homes.

"These guidelines are the result of an extensive and cooperative process involving a wide-ranging, inclusive review of both scientific information and existing ergonomic practices and programs in the nursing home," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw.

Read more: Osha Drafts Ergonomics Guidelines For Nursing Homes

Nursing Home OSHA Alert

WASHINGTON –- OSHA announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in nursing and personal care facilities with high injury and illness rates.  The program will focus outreach efforts and inspections primarily on hazards most prevalent in the facilities, including: ergonomics primarily related to resident handling;

Read more: Nursing Home OSHA Alert

Meeting Inspection Requirements

As you prepare your laundry for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Inspection at either state or federal level, a survey by the Joint Commission or a mock survey, which is used to prepare for a survey, it is important to understand the basics and rules governing inspections. In previous issues I have addressed the basics involved with the Joint Commission (JCAHO.)

Read more: Meeting Inspection Requirements

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Hamilton Engineering Awarded U.S. Patent For Companion Water Heater CWIS™ Design

LIVONIA, Mich. — Hamilton Engineering was recently awarded a U.S. Patent for their Cold Water Injection System (CWIS™) contained within their Companion™ Water Heater and optional on all of their hot water storage tanks. The CWIS™ insures the highest efficiency possible in the water heating system by ensuring all of the coldest water enters the heater first, while eliminating any flow restriction or pressure drop on the hot water being supplied to the laundry so common with other instantaneous or on demand water heaters.