While the pandemic raged in FY 2021, enforcement efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) fines and violations within healthcare totaled nearly $3.7 million.

2,786 Inspections Result in $3,684,769 OSHA Fines and Violations

OSHA Fines and Violations

According to their website, OSHA conducted more than 2,786 inspections of healthcare-related businesses between Oct 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. At least 14.6 percent of the inspections found at least one violation, with a total of 1,181 citations during the period.

Skilled Nursing Care facilities had the highest rate of OSHA violations, with almost one in four inspections (24.3 percent), leading to at least one citation. There were nearly three violations per incident and nearly $1.2 million in penalties assessed to these facilities.

Dentists fared better in some respects, with 12.7 percent of inspections resulting in at least one violation. An average of 4.3 citations were issued at the 12 locations with violations. Dental offices received at least $60,000 in penalties for OSHA compliance failures during FY 2021.

Physicians’ offices averaged over three violations at each of the 13 locations cited during 198 inspections. They received fines totaling $72,471. A chart of OSHA compliance violations by industry classification is below.

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OSHA Fines and Violations Targeted COVID-19 for Citations

OSHA announced several high-profile COVID-19 violations and fines during 2021, including:

  • June 2021 – Following the death of two employees, OSHA proposed $27,306 in penalties against Oaks Integrated Care, Inc. of Mount Holly, NJ, for failure to implement a required coronavirus prevention program at two of its locations.
  • June 2021 – OSHA investigators cited the owner of four Rhode Island medical facilities for willfully exposing employees to COVID-19. The proposed fine was $136,532.
  • August 2021 – OSHA issued two Willful COVID-19 citations against CHEMED with proposed penalties of $273,064 under the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard.

OSHA has issued more than three million dollars in fines related to COVID-19 violations across all industries.

OSHA Fines and Violations Uncovered Workplace Violence in Healthcare

A pair of OSHA cases involving workplace violence in healthcare settings made news during the past year, one of which originated in 2017. 

Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, is facing more than $17,000 in fines for failure to provide adequate safeguards for employees in the pediatric department of its Children’s Hospital.

OSHA found that employees, including nurses, assistants, technicians, and security personnel, were exposed to workplace viol