At our staff meeting yesterday we were told that hand lotions can no longer be kept in our report room unless we have the corresponding information stored in our MSDS binder. Just how ridiculous are the rules and regs becoming? We have no scrub sink in our nurses' station, as it is, cannot have even a bottled water anywhere at the desk which therefore makes keeping ourselves properly hydrated a big issue and now our hand lotion is a hazardous material? The nursing shortage is being created by regs just like this because here's one more nurse who's just about had enough :angryfire
Actually there is another thing you need to keep in mind. Some lotions are incompatible with the soaps used in facilities. Also alot of them are not compatible with latex gloves as well. In fact the travel assignment i start in a couple weeks doesnt not allow outside lotions to be used in their hospital. If caught with one you can be disaplined like any other infraction. As far as getting an MSDS sheet for them typically thats not too difficult. But let me tell you one year I was assigned the task of updating them for our ER/EMS dept. Thats quite the task as there are MSDS sheets for things you wouldnt think of- for example white out.
As far as drinks at the desk that actually is an OSHA rule that typically gets ignored/ management looks the other way unless JCAHO or another inspection agency is visiting. I have seen it enforced variablly in my several years of hospital experence.
Last edit by rjflyn on Apr 13, '05