February 17, 2015

New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center exposes employees to contaminated laundry, tuberculosis risks

From the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

NEW YORK – About a year ago, New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center in Northern Manhattan replaced linen laundry bags with thin plastic bags that broke and needlessly exposed workers to laundry contaminated with blood, bodily fluids and other infectious materials.

Clothing, sheets, towels and other soiled laundry spewed onto the floor of the basement when bags broke or failed to stay closed as they came down laundry chutes. Employees were further exposed as they gathered and repacked the laundry. ... read more

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Standard

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