In a September 16 News Release, the US Department of Justice reported citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to a Massachusetts dental office for failure to implement effective occupational safety programs to protect employees. Reasons for the citations included failing to provide medical evaluations and fit testing for employees required to wear N-95 respirators as protection against coronavirus; lack of written programs related to respiratory protection, bloodborne pathogens exposure control, and chemical hazard communication; insufficient bloodborne pathogens training and controls; and inadequate eyewash stations.
OSHA cited the dental practice for one general and six serious violations, with proposed penalties of $9,500. The company has paid the penalty in full and abated the citations.
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