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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.