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OSHA fines New Jersey hospital fined $55,000 for safety violations

Hospital Safety Insider, April 21, 2016

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a southern New Jersey hospital $55,000 for allowing employees to be exposed to needlestick injuries and bloodborne pathogen hazards, according to an April 15 report from WPVI-TV.

According to the report, Cooper University Hospital in Camden was cited for failure to properly train and monitor carpenter shop employees who handled a cancer-causing chemical. The report claims OSHA began reviewing practices at the hospital last fall after a compliance officer investigating an unrelated complaint found an unusual amount of needlestick and bloodborne pathogens exposure.

Hospital officials released a statement saying that it's taking the report seriously and will address the issues. The hospital has until May 3 to fix the problems cited by OSHA, the report said.

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