WELCH, W.Va. — Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration have found ten serious violations at the Federal Correctional Institution in McDowell County — violations that reportedly lead to prison workers being exposed to bloodborne pathogens.

According to OSHA, investigators determined the operators of the medium-security facility did not do the following:

-Train employees on the bloodborne pathogens policy and limitations of personal protective equipment.

– Ensure the person conducting training was knowledgeable about the subject.

– Use puncture-resistant containers to transport contaminated shanks and other sharps.

– Provide health care professionals, who evaluate an employee following an exposure, a copy of the bloodborne pathogens regulation, the exposed employee’s duties, documentation of the route of exposure or its circumstances, and medical records relevant to treatment of the employee.

– Select and require puncture-resistant gloves while conducting pat-down operations.

Those with the prison facility have 15 days to respond to the findings from investigators with OSHA’s Charleston office. The investigation was conducted in January of this year.

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  • northforkfisher

    This is crazy, correction officers already expose themselves to enough day to day hazards without having to deal with this.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Its nice to see they are down to feeding on their own.

  • Aaron

    Some of the worst offenders of OSHA regulations are government entities. Go on a road construction site in the easiest way to find the state inspectors are to look for the individuals with no safety vest or hard hats.

    I know of numerous contractors who have complained about state employees refusing to adhere to safety gear requirements and upper management in DOH refuses to comply with OSHA standards. I was in a pre-pour meeting when one district manager stated to a contractor that "OSHA does not apply to us and you cannot make us where the equipment."