EXPOSURE SAFETY: OSHA cracks down on sharps-safety violators

March 2004 
Volume 34  Number 3
Pages 68 - 68
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  • Money talks

  • Resident physicians press for compliance

  • Wake-up call

  • Where safety is lacking

    THE OCCUPATIONAL Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is cracking down on facilities that don't comply with sharps-safety regulations. Two citations issued in 2003 show that health care facilities must fully comply with OSHA's requirement to use safety-engineered sharp devices or pay a price.

    In 2001, OSHA revised the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, strengthening its requirement to use safety devices to reduce needle-stick risk. Since then, OSHA has dramatically increased citations for violations. Two recent citations are especially noteworthy—in one case, for the size of the fine imposed; in the other, for the detail and scope of the violations cited.

    Money talks

    In July 2003, OSHA fined a Pennsylvania rehabilitation center $92,500 for Bloodborne Pathogens Standard ...

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