Vital stats: Types of OSHA violations in healthcare facilities

By: January 12th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Last year, OSHA issued 3,674 citations to healthcare facilities; the majority of those violations (62%) were characterized as serious. Serious violations are issued when death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known about the hazard.

Other-than-serious violations are issued for situations that may cause a minor accident or illness but not death or serious physical harm.

Both types of fines can be as high as $7,000 per violation.

Repeat violations are issued when the same, or very similar, violations are found for the second time in three years. Repeat violations can be as high as $70,000.

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Source: OSHA Office of Management Systems


By Judy Ruggeri on January 12th, 2011 at 10:47 am

Where can I obtain information on OSHA violations in dental facilities?

By L,Heiderman on January 12th, 2011 at 11:09 am

62%of violations were serious? That seems like quite a lot, can you share what were some of the serious violations?

By David LaHoda on January 12th, 2011 at 11:32 am

Nearly every bloodborne pathogens citation OSHA issues is classified as a serious violation. See OSHA Fines for Physician Practices on the Tools page for the previous year’s list of frequent and expensive OSHA violations in medical practices to get a sense of the specific infractions.


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