Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 1:40 p.m. EST
The Boston Herald recently printed an editorial regarding OSHA inspections at some Life Care facilities. Unfortunately, the editorial misrepresented the timing of the OSHA investigations and the nature of the citations, which we are now contesting. Although there were OSHA citations regarding technical compliance, none of the citations were due to the availability of PPE or the providing of PPE to our associates. In a time when every minute mattered, we quickly provided our associates with N95 masks and other PPE to protect themselves and our residents. As supply chains stabilized, we completed fit testing and evaluations. On the frontlines of a pandemic, getting PPE in the hands of associates is and will continue to be our first priority.
We applaud every single one of our associates and health care workers everywhere for their sacrifices and dedication to care for the most vulnerable members of our society. 2020 was an incredibly hard year. We encourage our community to rally around and support these amazing health care workers as the heroes they are. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: healthy residents and associates, a healthy community and the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.