OSHA and HIPAA are two topics that come up often in the professional world. HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was established to set standards to protect patient’s medical records and personal information. OSHA, or the Occupational Health and Safety Act, was created to ensure safe working conditions through education and standard enforcement. Training on both is necessary to operate legally.
Do I Have to Schedule OSHA/HIPAA Training Again?
If your dental practice already completed OSHA/HIPAA training last year, that’s great. However, keep in mind that it is an ongoing requirement under both Acts. OSHA requires annual courses as well as training for new hires. HIPAA doesn’t set a timeframe but does require refresher courses to keep everyone up to date.
Who Needs to Complete OSHA/HIPAA Training?
OSHA and HIPAA training isn’t just for nurses and receptionists. OSHA is required for all full and part-time employees, including doctors. HIPAA is required for any employee who handles protected health information. That includes any interns, part-time employees, and nurses.
Is There a Duration Requirement for OSHA/HIPAA Training?
It is important that all necessary topics are covered during OSHA and HIPAA training. There is no duration guideline. It will take more than a few minutes, but it doesn’t have to be a drawn-out process. Topics like general office safety, ionizing radiation, blood borne pathogens, and more should be covered.
The best way to make sure your employees stay informed and your practice stays legal is to schedule sessions with a professional trainer. Contact Strategic Practice Solutions today to learn more about OSHA and HIPAA training for your dental office or sign up for our next course for 6 continuing education credits.