OSHA blog: Lessons learned from an OSHA violation

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 11, 2015

One of the most feared things in healthcare safety circles is the dreaded surprise OSHA inspection, but it can also be a learning experience.

That was the case for Melrose–Wakefield Hospital, a suburban Boston hospital that was penalized $28,000 (eventually reduced to $22,000) in April 2014 for several violations of the agency’s bloodborne pathogens standard and safe sharps violations.

William Doherty, MD, Chief Operating Officer of Hallmark Health System, and the parent system of the hospital, shared some of the lessons he learned from the experience in a story I wrote recently for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Perhaps you can use some of them in your own facility.

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