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Feds Issue Unsafe Working Conditions Notice To Medford VA Hospital

OPB | Jan. 14, 2014 4:25 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 5:50 p.m. | Portland

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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a notice of unsafe working conditions to a Veterans Administration Hospital near Medford.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found 17 violations during an inspection of the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics.

Violations include: a lack of adequate controls for infectious diseases; an inadequate plan for what to do when a worker is exposed to a blood-borne pathogen; and a lack of access to a rapid-HIV test should a worker be exposed.

Acting director of federal OSHA in Portland, A.J. Reid, says the inspection also found improperly stored sharps and poorly maintained facilities.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs has a responsibility, just like any other federal agency and employer, to furnish a safe and healthful workplace to all of their employees, so it’s free from recognized hazards that can cause death or serious physical harm,” said Reid.

The VA center issued a statement saying it places a high priority on resolving OSHA’s concerns. And it said all issues raised by the inspection have been resolved.

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