Most Common OSHA Violations in Health Care
OSHA is in place to ensure employers provide safe and healthy work conditions, free of recognized hazards, by setting and enforcing standards, providing training, outreach, education, and technical assistance to businesses.
In 2017 OSHA conducted 32,408 inspections; 56% of those inspections were from employee complaints, injuries/fatalities, and referrals.
Most Common Violations
Failure to train on the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Failure to implement and maintain Plans
Failure to keep training records
Failure to keep a Sharps Injury Log
Failure to provide Safety Data Sheets
Failure to train on the Hazard Communication Standard
How is this relevant to my office?
Is your office up to date with their OSHA compliance? Have you provided thorough training to each of your employees on the Bloodborne Pathogens and the Hazard Communication Standard? Has the training been done in the last year? Do you maintain training records for these?
Looking at the most common violations in health care for OSHA can provide a good starting point, but remember OSHA compliance covers much more than the 6 common violation areas above. Just because the other areas are not listed above does not mean they should be ignored.
If you do not feel confident in your office’s OSHA compliance, completing a thorough workplace hazard assessment or OSHA audit may be the best place to begin. This will help you fill in any gaps.
OSHA has recently increased their fines, making some fines up to $500,000 per violation! OSHA will also create press releases to “shame” businesses that have violations, letting the public know about their wrongdoing.
It is more important than ever for health care businesses to be proactive in avoiding these fines and consequences in their offices.
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