Unique OSHA compliance tools offer new enhancements
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - In line with Sedgwick's culture of innovation and meeting customer needs, the company has now expanded its general OSHA system solutions to incorporate an OSHA Sharps log. The Sharps log helps employers track all work-related needle stick injuries and cuts from sharp objects that are contaminated with another person's blood or other potentially infectious material. The new feature assists healthcare employers and others to comply with OSHA standards and avoid unnecessary fines and penalties.
The Sharps log is integrated with Sedgwick's proprietary viaOne® OSHA application and is just one example of how the company's systems are designed to support clients with the need to log and report injuries to OSHA. Sedgwick provides one of the only OSHA solutions in the industry with compliance tools that automatically complete the OSHA log through integration with its claims system. This tool promotes accuracy and efficiency using claims information to identify cases that need immediate attention. OSHA 301 forms, OSHA 300 logs, Sharps log, and 300A summary reports can be generated with the click of a button.
With three service levels from which to choose, employers can customize their degree of automation:
- Level I – provides streamlined recordkeeping functionality, including documentation of time away from work, restricted duty descriptions, and other key functions vital to ensure accurate OSHA records. Sedgwick populates the initial demographic data provided at the time of intake; all updates including demographics, time tracking, privacy case designation, and recordability remain with the client.
- Level II – adds a module that eliminates the need for clients to track time. ViaOne® OSHA populates days away, restricted or job transfer days, and any updated demographic information directly from claims system data. Other recordkeeping decisions continue to remain with the client.
- Level III – Sedgwick's trained OSHA specialists assume responsibility for all recordkeeping updates including time tracking, recordability, injury type designation, and privacy. Services include evaluation of data based on OSHA guidelines and work status records, in addition to basic demographic information and special OSHA fields that are loaded nightly.
"The benefits are evident – the viaOne® OSHA application helps clients stay current with OSHA recordkeeping, reducing the stress of OSHA inspections and the risk of fines," said Keith Higdon, SVP decision support services for Sedgwick. "By enlisting Sedgwick's expert OSHA analysts and innovative technology, clients are able to deploy their own resources on their core business. And with the addition of the new Sharps log, Sedgwick continues to demonstrate why our OSHA solutions lead the industry."
For more information about viaOne® OSHA and other products and services, please visit www.sedgwickcms.com/services/osha.aspx.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. is the leading North American provider of innovative claims and productivity management solutions. Sedgwick and its affiliated companies deliver cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care, risk consulting, and other services to clients through the expertise of more than 10,000 colleagues in 195 offices located in the U.S. and Canada. The company specializes in workers' compensation; disability, FMLA, and other employee absence; managed care; general, automobile, and professional liability; warranty and credit card claims services; fraud and investigation; structured settlements; and Medicare compliance solutions. Sedgwick and its affiliates design and implement customized programs based on proven practices and advanced technology that exceed client expectations. For eight years in a row, Sedgwick has been awarded the distinguished Employer of Choice® certification, the only third-party administrator (TPA) to receive this designation. In 2011, the company was named the Best Overall TPA by buyers of risk services through an independent survey conducted by Business Insurance. For more, see www.sedgwick.com.
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