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OSHA Withdraws Workplace Violence Citation

OSHA Withdraws Workplace Violence Citation against Bergen Regional Medical Center in Settlement Agreement

Friday, June 2, 2017. (Paramus, NJ) In a recent settlement resolving a 2015 OSHA enforcement action issued to Bergen Regional Medical Center, OSHA has withdrawn the only alleged citation regarding The Medical Center’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program (WVPP).  As the complete picture of The Medical Center’s WVPP became clear through the citation contest process, it was determined OSHA’s original allegation was misplaced, and OSHA vacated the citation.  The agreement with OSHA memorialized the specific elements of The Medical Center’s WVPP that the government became aware and ‘does not dispute’ were already in place and effective, and which The Medical Center committed to maintain.

The agreement does not require The Medical Center to develop or implement new elements to its WVPP, but rather, continue to take the steps already a part of its existing, compliant WVPP.  There is no penalty associated with the alleged violation related to workplace violence, as that violation was completely vacated by OSHA.  The $14,000 penalty included in the settlement agreement relates to a separate technical paperwork violation regarding the manner in which two injuries were recorded on the Hospital’s OSHA 300 Log.

The Medical Center has demonstrated through multiple audits and inspections by federal and state regulators that its WVPP is robust, effective, and compliant.  OSHA’s decision to withdraw this citation further validates The Medical Center’s effective WVPP.