Posted: October 15, 2012
OSHA recently announced that it issued citations and penalties against a North Carolina funeral home. It appears that the inspection was conducted to ensure compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Formaldehyde Standards. The funeral home received a total of 11 violations and a total penalty of $7,050. This breaks down to six "serious violations" with a total initial penalty of $6,950, and five "other than serious violations" with a penalty of $100.
The alleged violations were:
The description of these violations is, by necessity, approximate given the lack of factual information provided by OSHA in its statistical reports. They do indicate, however, the type of violations being cited and penalized against funeral service.
OSHA regulations affecting funeral service are numerous and complex and sometimes you may need help understanding all of their requirements. NFDA, through its online resources, webinars and programs, provides vital compliance assistance to its members.
For more information on OSHA standards and compliance requirements, visit the NFDA website or call the NFDA OSHA Hotline at 800-633-2674 for a complimentary consultation. 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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