What Standards Does OSHA Cite Most Often for Hospitals?

OSHA keeps detailed records of all inspections it conducts. The details of the inspections such as the standards cited, penalties that may have been imposed, and type or category of employer that allegedly committed the violation can all be found on OSHA’s website.

This month we examine the most-cited standards in the United States. NAICS code 622110 applies to general medical and surgical hospitals, to general pediatric hospitals, and to osteopathic hospitals. The dates of our search are from July 16, 2008, through July 15, 2009.

There were 340 inspections performed by OSHA nationwide during this time period that resulted in 532 violation items. See below for the breakdown of the most frequently cited standards for hospitals.

What can hospitals do to prevent citations? The development of a thorough safety plan and training procedures can help protect employees from being exposed to these hazards. OSHA offers the following websites with additional information that can be used when a safety plan is developed or updated:

More about bloodborne pathogens can be found at these sites: http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_BloodborneFacts and http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/index.html.

This site provides information about what to do during pandemic influenza:

http://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/pandemicflu/index.html.

Also, the OSHA website offers an e-tool for hospitals at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ etools/hospital/index.html. This website offers information about hazards by specific area of the hospital and provides the standard requirements and safe practices for employees.