Hospitals seeing red, as in more bloodborne pathogens violations

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

OSHA has hit hospitals with more and higher fines for bloodborne pathogens violations compared to last year, according to October issue of Briefings on Infection Control. The report uses data from the OSHA Office of Management System, from July 2010 through June 2011. Here is an excerpt.

OSHA has been busier this year than last year in handing out bloodborne pathogens violations to hospitals. Not only have the number of violations increased, but the average fine amount has also jumped.

The big picture
Every year, HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor acquires a detailed report of citations by standard for various types of healthcare facilities from the OSHA Office of Management Systems. This year’s data covers all federal and state citations from July 2010 through June 2011.

During that time, OSHA issued 575 violations referencing the Bloodborne Pathogens standard for general medical and surgical, psychiatric, and specialty hospitals, an increase of 30% from last year.

Average OSHA fines also increased. Hospitals averaged $630 per bloodborne pathogens violation compared to last year’s average fine of $477.

The report also included a list of the most frequent violations with the average initial fine. Here are the top three items from that list:

Most frequent OSHA bloodborne pathogens violations in hospitals

PART 1910 Occupational Safety and Health Standards Average initial fine
1030 G02 Employee training not provided at appropriate time or at no cost $132
1030 D02 Engineering and work practice controls not used to eliminate or minimize
employee exposure
1030 C01 Employer does not have a written exposure control plan designed to eliminate
or minimize employee exposure

Briefings on Infection Control subscribers can read more from the October issue by clicking here.


By Mary Anderson on October 12th, 2011 at 11:32 am

Vestex scrub uniforms serve as an engineering control because they offer Level I fluid barrier protection agains blood and bodily fluids.

By SafetyFirst on October 15th, 2011 at 11:53 am

OSHA has an approved Bloodborne Pathogens Training Course Online available at


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