Sloppy Recordkeeping Can Lead Practices to Trouble with OSHA

November 7, 2011 – In The News
American Medical News

When medical practices fail to keep safety protocols on hand, they risk coming under fire from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for violations. Having a hazard communication plan and material safety data sheet are some examples of what practices must do to notify employees of potential safety risks.

If a practice recognizes non-compliance, OSHA consultants are available to visit and help identify better solutions. While OSHA claims these visit do not normally result in fines, many warn practices to take caution.

"These programs are generally very good, but you just have to be careful, " said Ian Meklinsky.

If a practice does not call OSHA and an inspector shows up, chances are the local office is focusing on this type of workplace, or someone contacted the agency. A citation letter will be issued if an inspection uncovers problems.

"The most important thing for an employer who receives a citation letter in the mail is to not ignore it," said Meklinsky.

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