2 New Jersey Health Facilities Fail to Protect Employees During COVID-19 Epidemic

A pair of New Jersey hospitals were issued citations by the US Department of Labor for failing to protect workers from COVID-19.

CarePlus Bergen Inc., and Hackensack Meridian Health Residential Care Inc., were each slapped with citations from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Careplus is accused of violating respiratory standards Bergen New Bridge Medical Center In Paramus, while Hackensack failed to relieve Meridian resident caretakers Its northern Bergen facility, OSHA announced on Friday.

A New Bridge spokesman said the center had not received the referenced report.

The company said in the statement, “It is important to note that we are in lockstep with the state and the CDC issued guidance for employee safety protocols regarding COVID-19 and when it came to universal masking and testing Ahead of the curve. ” “Safety of our staff, patients and long-term care residents has always been our priority and we have aggressive respiratory protection protocols, including FIT testing, which we have extended into this epidemic.”

Hackensack Meridian spokesman said they would contest from the cottage.

“This is an open investigation and we are challenging many of the OSHA findings,” Hackensack Meridian Health’s chief physician executive Dr. Said Daniel Varga. “We strongly oppose the characterization of the association, which is called ‘disgusting’ or ‘disgusting,’ to protect the team member.”

“We believe that the security standards we had to adopt in this unprecedented global epidemic kept our team members fully protected.”

Bergen New Bridge was cited for two serious violations with a proposed penalty of $ 9,639. Based on coronovirus-related inspection, the facility failed to fit tightly-fitted face respirators on employees who were required to wear them. OSHA said the facility also failed to train employees on the use of proper respirators and helped employees understand when to wear a respirator.

Hackensack Meridian is facing $ 28,070 for failing to conduct a proper medical assessment during the period following the respiratory assessment required to provide proper respirator fit tests, effective training, and staffing. The company is also facing a third, less-serious violation for failing to set a fit-test record for qualitative fit testing.

Chris Hoffman, Director of Parsippany OSHA Area, said, “Employers must take appropriate steps to protect their employees and the health during the epidemic.”

“OSHA will continue to field and respond to complaints and take necessary steps to address unsafe workplaces, including vigorous enforcement action for all standards applicable to coronoviruses, as warranted.”

Companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citation and penalty, contest an informal conference call with the Area Director of OSHA or conclude before the Independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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