Due to Inapplicable Respirators OSHA Cites Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital

Citation 1 Item 1 a
Type of Violation: Serious

29 CFR 19 I0.134(a)(2): The employer did not provide the respirators which were applicable and suitable for the purpose intended:

On or about May 6, 2020, the employer failed to provide the appropriate respirator for employee exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Employees were working in the designated COVID-19 wing and actively treating COVID-19 positive patients along with patients under investigation.

 

Citation 1 Item 1 b
Type of Violation: Serious

29 CFR 1910.134(c)(l): A written respiratory protection program that included the provisions in 29 CFR 1910.134(c)(I)(i) – (ix) with worksite-specific procedures was not established and implemented for required respirator use:

On or about May 6, 2020, where the use of respiratory protection including, but not limited to N95 3M. 1860 respirators, was necessary and required for employees working in the COVID 19 isolation wing, the employer failed to ensure that a written respiratory program that included the provisions in 29 CFR 19I0.134(c)(l)(i)- (ix) with worksite specific procedures was established and implemented.

 

Citation 2 Item 1
Type of Violation: Other-than-Serious

29 CFR 1910.134(c)(2)(i): Respirator users were not provided with the information contained in Appendix D to 29 CFR 1910.134 when the employer detennined that any voluntary respirator use was permissible:

On or about May 6, 2020, where the voluntary use of respiratory protection was allowed for employees working throughout the facility, the employer did not supply respirator users with the information contained in Appendix D to 29 CRF 1910.134.

 

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