OSHA cites NJ hospital

OSHA has cited CarePlus Bergen Inc., doing business as Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, for violating respiratory protection standards at its Paramus, NJ location. OSHA cited the hospital for two serious violations, with proposed penalties of $9,639.

Based on a coronavirus-related inspection, OSHA cited the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center for failing to fit test tight-fitting face piece respirators on employees who were required to use them. The hospital also failed to train employees on proper respirator use and ensure employees understood when to wear a respirator.

“Employers must take action to protect their employees during the pandemic, including implementing effective respiratory protection programs,” said OSHA Hasbrouck Heights Area Office Director Lisa Levy. “OSHA standards require healthcare workers to be fit-tested to ensure the respirators they use provide adequate protection.”