Quick look at frequent and expensive OSHA fines for medical and dental practices

By: September 9th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Every year, Medical Environment Update acquires a detailed report of OSHA citations by standard for medical (the category includes clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, and various outpatient settings) and dental practices from the OSHA Office of Management Systems.  Here is an excerpt from that report.

Most frequent OSHA violation for doctors’ offices and clinics
1910.1030(c)(1)(i) Bloodborne pathogens.  Employer does not have a written exposure control plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.

Average initial fine: $924.

Most expensive OSHA bloodborne pathogen violation for doctors’ offices and clinics

1910.1030(d)(1) Bloodborne pathogens. Universal precautions not observed.

Average initial fine: $1,500.

Most frequent OSHA violation for dental offices

1910.1200(e)(1) Hazard communication. No written hazard communication maintained in the workplace program.

Average initial fine: $303.

Most expensive OSHA violation for dental offices

1910.1030(c)(1)(iv)(A) Bloodborne pathogens. Exposure control plan update does not reflect changes in technology that eliminate or reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Average initial fine: $2,500

For more more details, see the the post on the September Medical Environment Update.


I need a list of pathogens violations in health care facilities and I can’t seem to find it. Thanks

By David LaHoda on October 28th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

For more more details on OSHA fines in hospitals, see “BBP Violations Carry Hefty OSHA fines” under the Bloodborne Pathogens heading on the Tools page.

By Catherine Vohden on August 15th, 2012 at 7:42 am

I work in a dental office where the hygiene room doubles as the lunchroom. Is this compliant with OSHA guidelines and should this be addressed?


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