Pa. medical clinic cited for health violations

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an Altoona clinic for eight serious health violations involving infections that can be transmitted by blood.

OSHA says in a release Thursday that the Keystone Pain Institute allegedly failed to conduct a written hazard assessment or provide workers with the Hepatitis B vaccination and training, as well as other violations.

OSHA says the allegations were prompted by a complaint and resulted in $46,800 in proposed penalties. OSHA says a serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.

Keystone has 15 days to comply with or contest the alleged violations. Keystone representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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