OSHA Cites Another Funeral Home for Violations
Posted: September 22, 2011
OSHA recently conducted an inspection of funeral home in Tennessee that resulted in three multi-part "serious violations" with a total penalty of $4,700, and one "other than serious violation" with no penalty. The inspection was classified as "planned" by OSHA.
The "serious violations" included:
The "other than serious violation" concerned the Respiratory Protection Standard; the employer allegedly failed to provide safety and health information to employees voluntarily using respirators when not required. This information can be found in Appendix D of the Respiratory Protection Standard.
It is clear that OSHA has funeral homes on its radar and inspectors are finding serious violations of the standards with which funeral home must comply. NFDA strongly urges you to review the OSHA standards that apply to funeral homes. For more information on these standards and compliance requirements, visit the NFDA website or call the NFDA OSHA Hotline at 800-633-2674. The hotline can assist with nearly all inquiries. NFDA members can also call NFDA OSHA Counsel Edward M. Ranier with OSHA-related legal questions at 410-967-1812.
The OSHA website also has a number of resources to help small businesses comply with its various regulations. These resources include free on-site compliance assistance. According to the OSHA website, "On-site consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing safety and health management systems."
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