Biohazard exposure leads to hefty fine

by on June 18, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

New England Hematology/Oncology Associates PC (Newton, MA) faces $46,900 in fines for allegedly exposing workers to biohazards.

Workers complained to OSHA that needles used to treat cancer patients were not safety-engineered and when workers removed the needles, they risked needlestick injuries. OSHA found that the workers were potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks because safer needle systems, such as
automatically sheathing needles, were not used.

OSHA also found that workers had told the medical provider that a safer needle system was needed but continued to use a system not engineered to reduce
the risk of injury. As a result, OSHA issued a willful citation for failing to use the safest technology available to them.

The company was also hit with a serious citation for failing to update an exposure-control plan.

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