Ask the expert: OSHA inspections and small medical practices

By: September 10th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: I’m taking over OSHA compliance for our medical practice and the previous safety officer is telling everyone that OSHA will never inspect us because of our small size. I don’t believe this is true but I need proof. Can you help?

A: Here is a chart of OSHA inspections on practices for FY 2008. As you can see small practices comprised the greatest percentage of practices inspected.


It is true that medical practices with fewer than 11 employees are not on OSHA’s planned inspection radar screen. That’s were the misconception comes in, because planned inspections are not the only reason for an OSHA visit. Unplanned inspections such as referrals and employee complaints will get OSHA’s attention as will the number of regional special emphasis programs for bloodborne pathogens.

See the post on the September issue of Medical Environment Update for common and expensive OSHA fines on physician and dental practices last year.

That should help set the record straight with your co-workers.

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Comments

I NEED INFO ON HOW TO GO ABOUT TURNING IN A SMALL DENTAL OFFICE FOR OSHA VIOLATIONS.
THERE ARE SO MANY IT IS LIKE A HORROW STORY. THE BOSS DOES NOT THINK OSHA HAS THE TEETH OR PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS.
I LEFT THE OFFICE OF MY OWN ACCORD AND WOULD NOT GO BACK UNLESS THERE ARE MAJOR CHANGES IN REGUARDS TO SAFTEY. ANY INFO YOU CAN GIVE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

 

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