News Release No.: 2015-111 Date: December 3, 2015
Cal/OSHA Cites Kaiser $149,900 for Exposing Employees to Infectious Disease: Collection Box for Used Needles Frequently Overflowed
American Canyon—Cal/OSHA today cited Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Vallejo $149,900 for exposing workers to injury and infection from used needles at the hospital’s collection box for biomedical waste. At least three custodial employees have been stuck by needles while attempting to empty the deposit box, which frequently overflowed and prevented the lid from closing properly.
All three employees have been given prophylactic medication to prevent disease or unwanted consequences. The first injury occurred in 2013 and the other two this year. Continue reading