I need help with Osha guidelines. A specimen was thrown in the trash after a surgical case. This happened Wed., and on Friday the OR was notified that the specimen was not in the specimen bottle sent to pathology. Well, the surgeon was called etc. and we were told to go to the dumpster and retrieve it period. Our trash is compacted, now here these girls are digging in the dumpster trying to get bags out, our dumpster is empitied once a month....we stopped, but was informed by the CEO, and DON that we would continue to look, and the company came to dump the dumpster so we could search through all the trash. Now we have trash all over the back parking lot, sifted through bags of maggots, sharps were found, and broken glass. Finally, someone tipped our infection control nurse as to what was going on and she went to the DON and CEO, and it was stopped....now who is liable if someone in the OR gets sick from this crap, not to mention one had a scratch on her foot, and what were we breathing out there??? Guidelines needed please......!!!!!