LAKEMOOR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 11 serious violations and four other violations against Lakemoor Dental P.C., 28956 W. Route 120, after conducting inspections at the company’s Lakemoor and Hainesville offices.
In a release Tuesday, OSHA said it began investigating when it received a complaint alleging violations of the agency’s blood-borne pathogen exposure standards.
The agency’s investigators found a worker suffered a sharps injury, meaning a wound from a needle, scalpel or other sharp object, at the Hainesville location March 9.
In its investigation, OSHA said it found the employer:
• Did not establish blood-borne pathogen exposure control plan and hazard communication programs at either location.
• Failed to require the use of appropriate gloves and personal protective equipment.
• Did not provide medical evaluation and follow-up to employees after an exposure incident.
• Failed to make the hepatitis B vaccination series available to employees.
• Did not train workers about chemical and blood-borne pathogen hazards and precautions.
The proposed fines the company faces total $53,900, including $29,400 for the Hainesville location and $24,500 for Lakemoor.
“OSHA has specific guidelines to protect health care workers in the medical and dental offices who may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens while providing patient care,” OSHA area director Angeline Loftus said. “Dental offices like Lakemoor have a responsibility to ensure patients and staff are protected from injury and illness during procedures.”
According to the citation documents for the Lakemoor location, the company must develop its written hazard communication program by July 21 and resolve its other violations by Aug. 11.