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Alta Bates Summit ordered to pay $84,450

Cal/OSHA has imposed an $84,450 fine on Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for failure to warn and protect a hospital worker and an Oakland police officer exposed to an emergency room patient with meningitis, according to the San Jose Mercury News, July 2. [1]

The worker and police officer “were sick for days before and after the hospital confirmed the exposure on Dec. 6, 2009, are permanently disabled as a result,” according tot he report.

The fine to the hospital and a subsequent fine to the police department were issued under California’s aerosol transmissible disease standard—the only one currently on the books in the US [2].

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