LW Consulting, Inc. (LWCI) recognizes the tremendous impact COVID-19 is having on our nation, your team, and your patients. No business is immune to the COVID-19 impact. LWCI has been talking with many business owners over the past few weeks who have started the process of reengineering their business for post-COVID-19. One item that has prompted many inquiries to LWCI involves the Disaster Relief Small Business Loan application form and the requirement for attestation of compliance, particularly as it relates to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
What is listed on the SBA loan application?
The last item noted on the application states, “The Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. 3651 et seq.) requires businesses to modify facilities and procedures to protect employees when appropriate. If your business does not do so, you may be penalized, forced to close or prevented from starting operations in a new facility. Because of this, we may require information from you to determine whether your business complies with OSHA regulations and may continue operating after the loan is approved or disbursed. You must certify to us that OSHA requirements applying to your business have been determined and that you are, to the best of your knowledge, in compliance.”
What does this mean for my business?
When a small business application is completed and owners attest to the compliance regulations, it means you are informed of your contractual obligation and you are attesting to being in compliance. OSHA is not the only regulation mentioned, but given the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is prompting providers to reach out to LWCI to discuss implementing an OSHA program post-COVID-19.
About The Webinar
- Understand the relationship between OSHA, Department of Health, patient and employee safety.
- Receive an overview of the common OSHA related risk areas experienced by small providers – housekeeping, work practices, engineering and equipment cleaning.
- Receive guidance to address staff questions as part of the Exposure Control Plan.
- Understand hand washing and Personal Protective Equipment donning and doffing.
- Learn their role in protecting themselves and patients in the workplace.
- Receive an overview of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Understand Employer OSHA requirements as they relate to Bloodborne Pathogens.
Compliance with OSHA is a requirement of all businesses, in conjunction with the many Payer and State Practice Rules.