OSHA recently fined a dental practice for failing to protect employees from the risks of bloodborne pathogens. In all, OSHA issued 11 serious violations and four other-than-serious violations after conducting inspections at the practice’s two Illinois offices.
A worker at one of the offices suffered a sharps injury. The inspections were opened after OSHA received a complaint alleging violations of OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen exposure standards.
OSHA found that the practice had not established bloodborne pathogen exposure control and hazard communication programs at either location and failed to require the use of gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment.
Additionally, OSHA said the office not provide medical evaluation and follow-up to employees after an exposure incident, failed to make the Hepatitis B vaccination series available to employees, and did not train workers on chemical and bloodborne pathogen hazards and precautions.
Total fine: $53,900.
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