Posted: September 20, 2013
OSHA's latest statistical report included information about a number of funeral home inspections in recent months. Several funeral homes were issued violations, some of which included monetary penalties of $1,250 or more.
In addition to these inspections, during the period of June 17-September 14, OSHA inspected three funeral homes in Virginia, one in Puerto Rico and one in New Mexico. No violations were issued to these firms.
The inspection in Puerto Rico, a referral inspection, was terminated because the funeral home had gone out of business. The New Mexico inspection was listed as a "program inspection"; it is unclear which special emphasis program prompted the inspection. The Virginia inspections were all listed as planned inspections.
It is clear that OSHA is paying special attention to compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. All NFDA members should review the requirements of the standard and make sure they are in full compliance. You can learn more about OSHA compliance by visiting the NFDA website; NFDA members may also call the OSHA Hotline for free advice and consultations.
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