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California’s aerosol transmissible disease standard behind $100,000 fine

Our sister blog OSHA Healthcare Advisor has a good post to read about a substantial fine to a California hospital for alleged violations to that state’s new aerosol transmissible disease standard.

California’s OSHA agency issued a $101,485 penalty against Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland stemming from concerns about a staff member’s exposure to bacterial meningitis.

Federal OSHA has indicated that it will also look into an aerosol transmissible disease regulation, which would be big news for hospitals beyond California.

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Scott Wallask About the Author: Scott Wallask is senior managing editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center (www.hospitalsafetycenter.com) and the award-winning newsletters, Briefings on Hospital Safety and Healthcare Life Safety Compliance. He has written about healthcare for HCPro since 1998, with a focus on occupational and building safety, emergency management, fire protection, and infection control. Prior to joining HCPro, he worked as a reporter for several newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. He holds a BA in print journalism, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University in Boston. Contact Scott at swallask@hcpro.com.

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