[MCOH-EH] private sector practices

Hodgson, Michael - OSHA Hodgson.Michael at dol.gov
Fri Aug 14 13:12:31 PDT 2020


But how do they interact with private physician groups?  If there's a group of ED physicians, do the hospitals include them in their infection control plan?  Train / issue N95s?  Or are they viewed as "independent contractors" for whom the hospital has no responsibility?  And down there, do such groups have safetymanagers  / designated respirator program managers who help the MDs stay safe?

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Hi, Mike.

The large hospitals we work with here in the Texas Medical Center (Houston) all have in-house environmental health and safety personnel (if not a full-fledged department) that takes care of all of this. And many of these hospitals are part of health systems that are city or statewide, so they should have access the same type of services. I'm less sure about smaller regional or stand-alone hospitals.


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Subject: [MCOH-EH] private sector practices

Hi, all
We've run into an interesting set of circumstances that differs from my experience in academic medical centers and the VA, where there was a very structured approach to this.  And it may be that private sector healthcare, with specialty physician groups and  hospitals, with  their mix of contractual relationships ("Russian nesting dolls" comes to mind, is just very very different.  There have been some problems with physician groups that have agreements / contracts with hospitals where there doesn't appear to be a structured approach to hazard identification and risk management, i.e., no one trains them, does fit-testing, or provides them with N95s when appropriate.  Do your hospitals do something like that?  Do your medical staff by laws address this?  The hospital infection control program?

Just curiosity whether this is a common problem out there, what you've tried,  and whether you've found solutions...

Michael Hodgson
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