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Court ruling: Pay employees during exposure treatments

OSHA Healthcare Connection, October 21, 2008

Employers must reimburse employees for time spent receiving treatment and management for needlestick exposures.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeal reversed an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission decision, ruling that any non-work hours an employee devotes to treatment after being exposed to bloodborne pathogens must be reimbursed by the employer, according to a report by Health Law Week.

The decision stemmed from an incident at Beverly Healthcare-Hillview nursing home in Altoona, PA. Two nurses suffered needlestick injuries and although Beverly paid for the treatment of both employees, they did not reimburse them for the hours spent receiving treatment.

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