NORTH LIMA, Ohio – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $235,800 in fines for Lifefleet ambulance services, which is based in North Lima.
Lifefleet, which provides emergency service to Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties, is cited for 14 violations, including not properly protecting employees from exposure to blood and other bodily fluids.
OSHA says that exposure to blood-borne pathogens can lead to diseases such as hepatitis or human immunodeficiency.
The citations stem from an OSHA inspection in February.
Inspectors say they discovered four willful, seven serious, and three other health violations.
According to OSHA, the violations include:
- Failing to clean or dispose of personal protective equipment;
- Not making medical evaluations available quickly to employees after an exposure;
- Not providing employees the results of post-exposure evaluations;
- Not requiring employees use gloves and face masks when working with infectious materials; and
- Failing to train workers about health hazards and precautions regarding exposure prevention and hazardous workplace chemicals.
Lifefleet has 15 business days to respond to the citations. They can either comply with the penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA’s Cleveland director, or contest the investigatory findings before an independent commission.