OSHA Cites New England Facility for Needle Biohazard Violations
New England Hematology/Oncology Associates PC, a medical service provider, is facing federal fines for workplace safety violations, according to Boston.com. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the facility after it received reports of workers being exposed to biohazards.
New England Hematology/Oncology PC has denied the allegations and has filed an appeal with OSHA. OSHA inspected the facility in April and issued citations for putting workers at risk by exposing them to contaminated needles. Proposed fines total $46,900.
“We have not seen the press release so all I can say is that we completely disagree with the citations that were issued and their classifications [as willful and serious],” said Amy Carlton, administrative director of New England Hematology/Oncology Associates PC.
These are serious violations, and OSHA does not issue them without merit. The OSHA reports indicate that employees voiced concerns over the needles to management, who failed to rectify the situation.
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