healthcare workers ask osha for more oversight on covid 19 safety

Last spring, when Cliff Willmeng, RN, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, would take off his personal protective equipment (PPE) in the same hallway where children were being transported by ambulances to the emergency room at the neighboring children’s hospital. Stretchers would roll on the floor over the red tape that called the area the “hot zone”. The door to a break room was about ten feet away.

Willmeng has been a union activist all his life, but he never filed a complaint with the OSHA before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Willmeng and other colleagues were concerned about the lack of space to store PPE and other situations where the spread of SARS-CoV-2 appeared possible, and filed several OSHA complaints with the Minnesota Department of Labor in March and April. Willmeng was also concerned about bringing SARS-CoV-2 home to his wife and children on his scrubs, and he began wearing … Read the rest

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