The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday said it cited a medical facility and a staffing agency for failing to ensure the safety and health of nurses giving flu shots and COVID-19 tests.
In a statement, OSHA said a study by Lakewood Resource and Referral Center Inc. earlier this year found that the Lakewood, New Jersey-based facility did not provide medical evaluations to determine employees' ability to use respiratory protection before requiring their use and failed. with fit test personnel for the equipment
The agency proposed a fine of $ 273,064 for two intentional violations. In 2020, OSHA cited the facility for similar hazards after the company failed to protect staff providing medical and dental care from COVID-1
Investigators also found that Homecare Therapies, which does business with Horizon Healthcare Staffing and contracts with Lakewood Resource, failed. to ensure that medical evaluations were made and did not provide fit tests for workers who needed to wear respiratory protection. OSHA cited the staffing agency, which is also located in Lakewood, for two serious citations with $ 13,653 in proposed penalties.
No company could be immediately reached for comment.