Q&A: Food, specimens, and refrigerators

OSHA Healthcare Connection, June 21, 2011

Q: What would be the OSHA fine for storing workers' food in the same refrigerator as medications and specimens waiting for lab work?

A: Regarding storing employee food in a refrigerator with medications, this is not an OSHA violation. It is a violation to store employee food with specimens, according to the Bloodborne Pathogens standards, and recent fines for this violation averaged $422.

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