Re: JCAHO inspection - storage under sinks

From:Joe Nocito

I don't know about JCAHO, but I just went through a CLIA inspection and I
have my bases stored under a sink and the inspector didn't say anything.
Trust me, he told me not to store osmium tetroxide in my flame cabinet.  If
he thought that the bases should not be under a sink, he would have told me.

Joe Nocito BS, HT (ASCP) QIHC
Histology Supervisor
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, Texas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 8:30 AM
Subject: JCAHO inspection - storage under sinks

> Greetings.  Do any of you have recent JCAHO experience and know if
> materials in pathology can be stored in cabinets under the sinks?  We were
> first  told (by hospital administration)  we could have only cleaning
> supplies under the sinks, and now we are told that we can have absolutely
> nothing under the sinks.  Has JCAHO sited anyone for this, or do you have
> any references to this?  It makes sense to me if the sinks are in patient
> areas or public areas, but I don't see the logic of it applying to
> non-patient areas.  Any advice greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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