01/15/2013

Fewer Cal/OSHA Citations for Dental Practices in 2012 But Total Penalty Amount Jumps


Here's a summary of Cal/OSHA citations and penalties assessed for dental offices from October 2011 through September 2012. The table is ordered by the standard cited most frequently. Not all cases included in this table are closed. This means that citations may be added or deleted to open cases and final penalty amounts may change.

Total 35 17 32,230  
5193 13 8 11,955 Bloodborne pathogens 
5194 3 3 1125 Hazard communication 
6151 3 3 335  Portable fire extinguishers
461 2 2 400 Air tank permit 
2500.8 2 1 840 Electrical safety orders  – Low-Voltage – Flexible cords and cables  – Uses not permitted
3203 2 2 455 Injury & illness 
5162 2 2 325 Emergency eyewash and shower equipment
342 1 1 5000 Reporting work-connected fatalities and serious injuries
2340.16 1 1 85 Electrical safety orders – Low-Voltage – Requirements for electrical installation –Work space about electric equipment 
3212 1 1 10,800 Floor openings, floor holes and roofs
3216 1 1 50 Exit signs
3225 1 1 405 Maintenance and access to exits
3229 1 1 405 Exit width
3273 1 1 130 Working area
4650 1 1 350 Storage, handling, and use of Cylinders

 

Column 1, Standard, is the section number of the California Code of Regulations, Title 8 (8 CCR), under which the citation is given.

Column 2 is the number of citations given for the listed Standard.

Column 3 is the number of offices inspected that were cited for the listed Standard.

Column 4 is the total amount of penalties assessed per cited Standard.

Column 5 is the name and subject of the Standard. You can locate online the specific section of 8 CCR by searching this website.

Source:  U.S. Department of Labor, Statistics and Data

Inspections at 12 additional offices resulted in zero(0) citations. Nine cases remain open. Penalties for the previous year totaled $7,330 for 44 citations at 11 offices.

One office received two citations with an initial penalty amount of $15,800 for alleged violations of Section 342 (related to reporting work-related fatalities and injuries) and Section 3212 (related to floor openings, floor holes, and roofs).

Dental practices were most frequently cited (13 total) for violations of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Five offices were cited for failure to have a written exposure control plan as required. All citations for the Hazard Communication Standard were failure to have a written hazard communication plan as required.