Posted: November 22, 2011
OSHA recently issued citations and penalties to two funeral homes, giving you insight into OSHA's increased focus on compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens and Formaldehyde Standards.
Case #1: A Pennsylvania funeral home was issued three citations and an initial total penalty of $5,400 following an inspection made under a local emphasis program for bloodborne pathogens compliance. All three citations, which were issued under the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, were considered "serious violations."
During an informal conference, which was held at the request of the employer, the total penalty of $5,400 was reduced to $3,240.
Case #2: A Georgia funeral home underwent a formaldehyde-emphasis inspection. The inspection resulted in two "serious violations" and one "other than serious violation" and the funeral home was issued an initial penalty of $7,800.
During an informal conference requested by the employer, the initial penalty of $7,800 was reduced to $2,400.
These citations and penalties and the ones that have been previously reported to you in the NFDA Bulletin, show that OSHA is taking enforcement of the standards and regulations that pertain to funeral service seriously and confirms the existence of local emphasis programs for formaldehyde and bloodborne pathogens.
For more information on OSHA standards and compliance requirements, visit the NFDA website or call the NFDA OSHA Hotline. 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.
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