Sixty years ago, bed bugs were eradicated from the U.S. When DDT was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1972, bed bugs rebounded due to increased international travel, insecticide resistance and a lack of public awareness.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — When Randy Bernstein went up the elevator at Maricopa Medical Center soon after joining the Phoenix, Arizona hospital, he was surprised to find himself standing next to a heaping mound of soiled linen bags.
It has long been thought that environmental cleanliness was the key to curbing the spread of cross-contamination. That’s not to minimize the meticulous hand washing by healthcare workers.
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Commercial Laundry Cited by OSHA
ELM GROVE, W. Va. — Uwanta Linen Supply, a commercial laundry, was recently cited for 21 health and safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The laundry faces $62,400 in penalties for the violations. Eighteen of the the 21 violations are considered serious by OSHA. The serious violations include failing to properly guard floor holes and failing to provide hepatitis B vaccines to workers who are potentially exposed to blood borne pathogens.