Richard L. Best, MA, CIHM, COSP


Stericycle, Inc.

Band-Aids to Outbreaks: Overlooked Healthcare Safety for Non-Healthcare Facilities

Richard L. Best is Technical Director and Corporate Director of OSHA Compliance for Stericycle, Inc., a leader in the field of regulatory compliance providing OSHA training in healthcare facilities. Dick earned his Bachelor’s in Communications and Corporate Training from Elizabethtown College and completed his OSHA training at Rochester Institute of Technology’s OSHA Training Institute. He is a Certified Industrial Hygiene Manager, an OSHA Authorized Trainer, and an OSHA Safety Professional. He has developed and presented educational seminars at healthcare venues and professional schools in many countries and is a frequent provider of OSHA training seminars. He is responsible for contributing to the technical content of Stericycle’s OSHA training materials, and is a member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention.


In an era of infectious, life-threatening outbreaks, concerns related to waste handling and decontamination procedures are urgently topical. This presentations addresses topics as pertinent as:

  • Bloodborne pathogens protection from cleaning the restrooms to responding to a workplace injury,

  • Managing sharps in the workplace (and when found in public areas) from diabetic use and epi pens.

  • Disposal of abandoned/unneeded pharmaceuticals (and pharma packages which could also be haz wastes),

  • Associated recordkeeping and training requirements.


Each of the topics presented has relevance to a broad variety of business models including fixed-base retail, manufacturing, hospitality and construction.


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