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OSHA hits physician practices with bloodborne pathogens fines

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 12, 2008

From January 1 to June 30, OSHA issued 307 citations to offices and clinics of doctors of medicine, with 225 (73%) involving bloodborne pathogens violations. Medical Environment obtained the report from the agency.

The most common bloodborne pathogens violations with average initial fines were:

  • No exposure control plan: $557
  • Exposure control plan not reviewed: $1,390
  • Training not provided free: $187
  • No annual documentation of safety devices: $582

 

Infrequent but expensive violations and average initial fines were:

  • Exposure control plan not accessible to employees: $2,000
  • Eating and drinking in area exposed to bloodborne pathogens: $1,694
  • No exposure determination in exposure control plan: $1,600

 

The violations and fines report appears in the August issue of Medical Environment Update.

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