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August 11, 2020
PPE Worth $645,000 Distributed by KCMS/CMA Last Week!
Last week, the Kern County Medical Society (KCMS) in partnership with the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services, distributed PPE to over 150 qualifying small and medium sized medical practices. Each PPE Relief kit included up to a two-month supply of PPE (a $4,300 value) - including N95 masks, surgical masks, shields, gowns and gloves - and they were available FREE to physician practices.
KCMS would like to extend a special thank you to the students from the Nursing Program at Bakersfield College as well as a number of KCMS board members and staff who volunteered at the event. We couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Volunteers loading PPE
Volunteers giving out KCMS swag bags
Bakersfield College students posing for a photo
Volunteers checking practices in
Chrisy Muchow, KCMS Executive Director being interviewed by KUZZ Radio.
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For information about the PPE Relief Program visit cmadocs.org/ppe.

To request PPE if it becomes available email [email protected].

Carrie Champness, RN, BSN, Safety Compliance Specialist will provide up-to-date changes and practice requirements to meet the OSHA mandates.

OSHA requires re-training for all practice personnel annually!

Federal OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910-1030 requires that all employees who have potential for exposure to blood and blood-borne pathogens (BBP) must receive training before they begin such work and must be retrained annually. If the practice is organized as a PA, LLP or LLC OSHA considers doctors to be employees and they must also receive required training.

  • How to handle an OSHA inspection
  • What is the General Duty Clause
  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Hazardous Communication
  • Emergency Preparation
  • Workplace Violence
  • Shelter in Place Requirements

A certificate of course completion will be given to each attendee. While the certificate documents Safety Training required by Cal-OSHA regulations, it must also be supported by the employer's in-office, site specific Exposure Control Plan.

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited.
If you are unable to attend after registering, please contact FMMS at least 48 hours prior to the forum to receive a refund minus a $10 processing fee. Physicians and administrators are encouraged to attend. Questions, please call FMMS at 559-224-4224.

FREE for first person from your office
$25 for each additional employee

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Upcoming FREE CMA Webinars
Telehealth Series for Small and Medium Sized Practices: Overview

August 13, 2020 | 12:15PM - 1:15PM

Virtual Grand Rounds: Transmission, Testing and Masks: Creating a Culture to Curb COVID-19 *CME Available

September 8, 2020 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM

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