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Hospital fined $84,450 for aerosol transmissible disease violation

Hospital Safety Insider, July 12, 2012

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Cal/OSHA has imposed an $84,450 fine on Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for failure to warn and protect a hospital worker and an Oakland police officer exposed to an emergency room patient with meningitis, according to the San Jose Mercury News, July 2.

The worker and police officer "were sick for days before and after the hospital confirmed the exposure on Dec. 6, 2009, are permanently disabled as a result," according to the report.

The fine to the hospital and a subsequent fine to the police department were issued under California’s aerosol transmissible disease standard—the only one currently on the books in the US.



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