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OSHA fines hospitals for PPE failures related to COVID-19

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October 22, 2020

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Ensure workers are trained and fit-tested for using respirators and aren’t sharing protective gowns as they care for potentially infectious patients, or you may face fines from OSHA.

At least two hospitals face thousands in potential civil penalties after investigators looking into a coronavirus-related complaint issued citations.

OSHA announced in mid-September that Bergen New Bridge Medical Center was facing $9,639 in proposed penalties after inspectors cited the hospital in Paramus, New Jersey, for “failing to fit test tight-fitting face piece respirators on employees who were required to use them. The hospital also failed to train employees on proper respirator use and ensure employees understood when to wear a respirator.”
Meanwhile, the Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System in Shreveport, Louisiana, faced $13,494 in proposed penalties—the maximum allowed by law—“for failing to ensure employees wore proper protective equipment.”

Ensure workers are trained and fit-tested for using respirators and aren’t sharing protective gowns as they care for potentially infectious patients, or you may face fines from OSHA.



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