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Medical Environment Update: How to stay on top of OSHA compliance

Hospital Safety Insider, October 6, 2016

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OSHA fines these days have a bit more of a bite. In August, the agency increased its maximum penalty from $7,000 per violation to $12,471, plus an extra $12,471 for each day past the abatement date. Fines for repeated or willful violations have also grown: from $70,000 to a whopping $124,709 per violation.

Because of the relative rarity of OSHA inspections compared to other agencies such as CMS or The Joint Commission, some clinics have given OSHA compliance a lower priority. However, the new costs of noncompliance may give clinics a reason to quickly shore up their workplace safety programs. So how can a clinic, particularly one strapped for resources, become OSHA-ready?

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