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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119706661 - Kaiser Hospital

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Oakland

Nr: 119706661Report ID: 0950614Open Date: 07/10/1995

Kaiser Hospital
27400 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 8062/General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:11/17/1995
Close Case:05/27/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362139503    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 4 3 9
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $4,000 $50,000 $0 $2,190 $0 $56,190
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $650 $0 $2,650
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5217 L 7 C 11/17/1995 12/01/1995 $650 $950 $0 12/01/1995 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 5217 L08 B 11/17/1995 12/01/1995 $0 $530 $0 12/01/1995 D - Govt Dismissed
Deleted 3. 01003 Other 5217 L08 E 11/17/1995 12/01/1995 $0 $710 $0 12/01/1995 D - Govt Dismissed
Deleted 4. 02001 Serious 5217 G01 D 11/17/1995 12/01/1995 $0 $2,000 $0 12/01/1995 D - Govt Dismissed
  5. 03001 Serious 5217 K 11/17/1995 12/01/1995 $2,000 $2,000 $0 12/01/1995 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 6. 04001 Willful 5216 O 11/17/1995 11/22/1995 $0 $10,000 $0 12/01/1995 D - Govt Dismissed
Deleted 7. 05001 Willful 5217 P02 A 11/17/1995 12/02/1995 $0 $10,000 $0 12/01/1995 D - Govt Dismissed
Deleted 8. 06001 Willful 5217 P02 B 11/17/1995 12/01/1995 $0 $10,000 $0 12/01/1995 D - Govt Dismissed
Deleted 9. 07001 Willful 5217 L08 F 11/17/1995 12/01/1995 $0 $20,000 $0 12/01/1995 D - Govt Dismissed

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170722276Event: 05/25/1995Employee'S Throat Closes After Formaldehyde Exposure
During a busy shift, Employee #1, an OB technician, helped with many crash deliveries and operations. Consequently, surgical instruments and trays that she should have been washing piled up on the sink counter and eventually knocked over a gallon jug of 4 percent formaldehyde. Employee #1 was in and out of the utility room, doing the dishes between surgeries, and noticed that her throat was sore. Toward the end of her shift, she discovered the formaldehyde spill. By the end of her shift, she had difficulty breathing and reported to the emergency room. The next day, her throat had swollen nearly closed. She went to two other clinics that day and the day after. The doctors tried to open her throat with medicine, but it irritated her stomach. Eventually, she saw a toxicologist who put her on medical removal. Seven citations were issued related to the exposure: regulatory T8CCR 5217(e)(7)(c), general T8CCR 5217(e)(8)(b) and 5217(e)(8)(e), serious 5217(g)(1)(d) and 5217(k), and willful regulatory 5217(0)(6)(a), 5217(p)(2)(a), 5217(p)(2)(b), and 17(e)(8)(f).
Keywords: throat, vapor, spill, toxic fumes, formaldehyde, housekeeping, overexposure, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119706661 Non Hospitalized injury Other Clinical Laboratory technologists and technicians

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