Top 10 Standards OSHA Cited at Hospitals in 2003

Here are the standards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited most often at hospitals in fiscal year 2003:

1. 1910.1030 (d)(2)(i) Engineering and work practice controls: Engineering and work practice controls shall be used to eliminate or minimize employee exposure [to bloodborne pathogens]. Where occupational exposure remains after institution of these controls, personal protective equipment shall also be used.

2. 1910.1030 (c)(1)(iv)(B) Updating exposure control plan: Document annually consideration and implementation of appropriate commercially available and effective safer medical devices designed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure.

3. 1904.29 Record keeping: Using OSHA 300, 300-A, and 301 forms, or equivalent forms, for recordable injuries and illnesses.

4. 1910.22 (a)(1) Housekeeping: All places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service rooms shall be kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.

5. 1910.22 (a)(2) Wet floors: The floor of every workroom shall be maintained in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition. Where wet processes are used, drainage shall be maintained, and false floors, platforms, mats, or other dry standing places should be provided where practicable.

6. 1910.36 (b)(4) Unobstructed means of egress.

7. 1910.36 (b)(5) Clearly visible signs and routes to exits.

8. 1910.36 (c)(2) Maintaining exits in buildings under construction/repair.

9. 910.36 (d)(1) Unobstructed way of travel from exit.

10. 1910.37 (f)(1) Readily accessible exits.