OSHA Releases New Resources to Protect Hospital WorkersBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 3, 2014 | In Workplace Injury
What do commercial loggers, commercial fishermen, and healthcare workers have in common?
On the surface, any commonality between these vastly different industries seems murky at best, but if you look at workplace injury statistics, you’ll find that healthcare worker on-the-job injury rates rank just below those of commercial loggers and commercial fishermen. This makes healthcare one of the most hazardous industries in the United States.
One report found that 15.2 million healthcare workers were injured on worksites in 2011. Those injuries resulted in 2 million lost workdays that cost the healthcare industry some $13.1 billion dollars. Every day, healthcare workers are exposed to strains and sprains, stress, workplace violence, needle punctures, chemicals, and blood-borne diseases.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. hospitals alone recorded some 250,000 work-related injuries in 2012. Almost 60,000 of those injuries resulted in lost days of work.
In an attempt to help stem this ongoing problem, OSHA has launched a new educational website that focuses on preventing injuries in America’s hospitals. The site provides resources that are designed to help hospitals assess workplace safety needs and to help them implement safety and health management systems. Those resources include fact books, best practice guides, and self-assessment materials.
“At the heart of these materials are the lessons from high-performing hospitals that have implemented best practices to reduce workplace injuries while also improving patient safety,” said the assistant secretary of labor for OSHA.
To access the new OSHA website, please click here.
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