CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Feb. 6, 2001
UI receives two citations from IOSH
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa officials announced that they have
received two citations from the Iowa Occupational Health and Safety Agency
(IOSH) regarding alleged safety violations at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The
two-person IOSH team began an inspection regarding seven separate complaints
in August 2000 and completed the inspection in January 2001.
One citation involves compliance with the bloodborne pathogens standard
that requires certain safety practices to be in place.
"Our primary concern is the safety and health of our employees,"
said Ken Davenport, division director of facilities services at UI Hospitals
and Clinics. "Our bloodborne pathogens program has many strengths and
is under continuous review to identify new products and processes to make
the work environment as safe as possible. We have already begun addressing
the concerns the inspectors pointed out."
The remaining citation relates to the manner in which worker injury data
is maintained and accessed.
The inspectors proposed fines for the alleged violations. Proposed fines
might be reduced during informal hearings before IOSH, which allow for additional
information and plans for abatement to be addressed.