WHITE CITY, Ore. — The VA rehabilitation center in White City has taken steps to correct more than a dozen health and safety violations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, released documents detailing 17 violations the organization found last year at the VA. Many violations were labeled “serious” or “repeat” offenses.
Those include not adequately protecting all staff from possibly infected blood, and not providing protective equipment for chemotherapy treatments. The reports also found unsafe work areas like uncovered holes and exposed stairways.
“The serious and recurring nature of the violations were concerns,” said A.J. Reid, from the Portland OSHA office. “These hazards demonstrate a need for commitment from the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
The VA released a statement today saying all of the violations have been corrected. A spokesperson for OSHA could not immediately confirm that all of the issues were resolved.