Carneys Point Care Center in Carneys Point Township, NJ, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for serious violations involving workplace hazards.
According to an article on NJ.com, the nursing home underwent an OSHA inspection in May. Now they are facing ten serious violations and up to $50,000 in penalties.
One violation involved laundry department employees being exposed to excessive levels of heat. The penalty for that violation alone is over $6,000. Other violations include ensuring easy access to sharps containers; correcting exposed wires from an industrial washer; and providing suitable eyewash facilities, bloodborn pathogen training, Hepatitis B vaccines, and effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
In the article, the director for OSHA’s Marlton, NJ, office is quoted as saying, “The increasing rate of injuries and illnesses among hospital and health care workers underscores OSHA’s concern about the safety and health of these workers. The workers who care for our loved ones deserve a safe workplace. OSHA is committed to ensuring effective hazard-prevention measures nationwide.”