Employees of hospitals in Colorado are exposed to multiple health hazards. Chemical substances that are handled by health workers can be life threatening. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued citations after an investigation was launched to determine compliance with safety regulations at a hospital in another state. Workers' rights include protection from safety hazards, and hospitals are being closely monitored to limit instances of health workers being injured at work due to safety violations.
OSHA investigators found that workers were exposed to methylene chloride without the knowledge that it is a cancer-causing substance. Employers must provide safety training that will equip workers with the knowledge needed to identify hazardous chemicals and also ensure they know what to do in cases of contamination. Inspectors determined that exposed workers were not monitored.