September 16, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Massachusetts Dental Practice
For Failing to Fully Implement Workplace Respiratory Protections
GEORGETOWN, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Georgetown Dental LLC for violating respiratory protection and other standards at the Georgetown, Massachusetts, location. OSHA cited the dental practice for six serious and one other-than-serious violations, with proposed penalties of $9,500. The company has paid the penalty in full and abated the citations.
OSHA cited the dental practice for failing to provide medical evaluations and fit testing for employees required to wear N-95 respirators as protection against coronavirus; lack of written programs related to respiratory protection, bloodborne pathogen exposure control and chemical hazard communication; insufficient bloodborne pathogen training and controls; and inadequate eyewash stations.
“OSHA's goal is to ensure abatement of hazards. With this settlement and hazard abatement, the goal has been met,” said OSHA Andover Area Office Director Anthony Covello. “OSHA will continue to field and respond to complaints and take steps needed to address unsafe workplaces.”
Employers with questions on compliance with OSHA standards should contact their local OSHA office for guidance and assistance at 800-321-OSHA (6742). OSHA's coronavirus response webpage offers extensive resources for addressing safety and health hazards during the evolving coronavirus pandemic.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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Release Number: 20-1653-BOS
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