Medical Environment Update, September 2011—Come and get it: Fresh data on OSHA violations

By: September 11th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The September issue of Medical Environment Update reports frequent and expensive OSHA fines for medical and dental practices last year.

Here is an excerpt from that article:

OSHA has been busier this year than in past years in handing out violations to medical and dental practices. Not only have the number of violations increased, but so the average amount of fine is jumped up.

The big picture
Every year, Medical Environment Update acquires a detailed report of 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. The data covers all federal and state citations from July 20010 through June 2011.

During that time, OSHA issued 867 violations to medical practices covering 102 parts, sections and paragraphs of Occupational Safety and Health Standards, an increase of 18% from last year.

Dental practices received 468 violations covering 87 parts, sections and paragraphs of the OSHA code, a 16% increase from last year.

Average OSHA fines also increased. Medical practice fines averaged $545 compared to last year’s average fine of $423. Even more noticeable is the average dental practice fine, $780 this year compared to $340 for last year. (All fines given in this report are average initial fines, not the final adjusted fine.)

Bloodborne pathogens dominate
As expected, violations of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard were the most common; 51% for medical practices and 53% for dental practices.

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By Doug Johnston on September 12th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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