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News and briefs: OSHA will not monitor resident work hours

Residency Program Insider, November 15, 2011

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For the second time in 10 years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rejected a petition from Public Citizen requesting that OSHA regulate resident work hours, rather than the ACGME. According to a press release from Public Citizen, OSHA claims that because residents are students, it will not take the group of workers under its purview. Public Citizen has presented OSHA with a petition regarding this subject twice, once in 2001 and again in 2010. The group claims that the ACGME has been ineffective in enforcing work hour standards.


The American Medical Association sided with OSHA and the ACGME, and showed its support in a recent press release. “The ACGME is the appropriate body to regulate and monitor resident duty hours, as it is optimally suited to oversee resident and fellow physician duty hours on behalf of both the profession and the public,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D.



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