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OSHA's top 10 violations of 2017 are the usual suspects

Medical Environment Update, December 1, 2017

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OSHA’s list of the most-cited violations for 2017 has some fa miliar items on it for healthcare facilities: bloodborne pathogens, PPE, and facility maintenance. Perhaps not surprising to many healthcare safety experts who warn about these hazards, the list doesn’t look much different from years past.

The annual top 10 list of OSHA’s most cited violations was announced at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo 2017 in Indianapolis in late September. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, made the announcement at the expo.

“This list doesn’t change much year to year. The order may change,” Kapust said in a published statement. “I encourage folks to use this list and look at your own workplaces to make sure the hazards addressed in the Top 10 list of standards are addressed.”

According to Wikipedia, the NSC is a non-profit, nongovernmen-tal public service organization promoting health and safety across the country with headquarters in Itasca, Illinois. Founded in 1913, the group focuses on areas where the greatest number of preventable injuries and deaths occur, including workplace safety, prescription medication abuse, teen driving, cell phone use while driving, and safety in homes and communities.

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