The Republic (Columbus, IN) (04.18.13)
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Altoona clinic, the Keystone Pain Institute, for eight serious health violations involving infections that can be transmitted by blood. In a release on April 18, OSHA stated that the Keystone Pain Institute allegedly failed to carry out a written hazard assessment or provide workers with the Hepatitis B vaccination and training, as well as other violations. According to OSHA, a complaint prompted the allegations, which resulted in $46,800 in proposed penalties. OSHA explained that a serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that serious physical harm or death could result, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard. Keystone has 15 days to contest the alleged violations or comply with them. Keystone representatives did not immediately reply to a request for comment.