Board Refuses to Suspend Order for Adequate MRSA Prevention Measures

A worker at a sleep lab complained to the MOL about working with patients who were resistant to antibiotics and could have a contagious form of MRSA, claiming that PPE, infection control practices and training as to MRSA were inadequate. After an inspection, an MOL officer issued an order requiring the lab to provide adequate PPE and written procedures for the wearing of PPE to protect against MRSA. The lab challenged the order, saying it had taken adequate safety measures. But the Board refused to suspend the order pending appeal, noting that doing so could endanger worker safety [Accqcorp v. Matthie, [2012] CanLII 38160 (ON LRB), July 6, 2012].