OSHA fines Michigan dentist $2K+ for COVID-19 violations

A Michigan dental practice received a $2,100 fine from Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for COVID-19 workplace violations, according to a Dec. 22 news release.

Waterford, Mich.-based Dr. Taylor's Family Dental Center was cited for:

  • Not using proper personal protective equipment while performing tasks likely to generate splashing or spattering of body fluids
  • Not installing physical barriers at reception area
  • Not ensuring patients have donned their own face covering
  • Not screening all dental healthcare personnel for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan
  • Not providing COVID-19 training to employees
  • Not posting visual alerts about hand and respiratory hygiene and wearing a face mask
  • Not requiring respiratory protection

MIOSHA issued new safety rules for workplaces in October, mlive reports. So far, 49 businesses have been cited and fined by the agency. Businesses have 15 work days to contest the penalties. If businesses don't appeal and quickly fix the hazards, MIOSHA will cut the fine in half.

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