BLS analyzes safety data in healthcare

By: September 27th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The majority of all assaults on persons in the workplace (59%) occurred in healthcare settings in 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

That is just one of the highlights from Workplace Safety and Health in the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry.

Researchers from the BLS Office of Safety, Health, and Working Conditions analyzed healthcare workplace data from 2003 to 2007. Here are some of the findings:

  • For all the years of data covered, ambulatory healthcare consistently led other healthcare sectors, including hospitals and nursing care facilities, in distribution of fatal occupational injuries.
  • Assaults and violent acts on healthcare workers occurred most often from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed closely by noon to 4 p.m.
  • On-the-job sprains, strains, and tears decreased 28% among healthcare workers from 2003 to 2007. With women constituting 80% of all private wage and salaried workers in healthcare, it is not unusual that 80% of these types of injuries occurred with women.
  • Although ambulatory care employs more workers than the hospital sector, the rate of recordable injuries per 100 fulltime employees in hospitals is more than double the rate in ambulatory care.

Are you surprised about these findings, especially the data on workplace violence? A poll by the OSHA Healthcare Advisor showed that 21% of healthcare facilities were “Unprepared to prevent violence. Let us know in the comment section below.

Protect your staff and patients from violence in the emergency department. Violence in healthcare—like the recent incident at Johns Hopkins Hospital—is on the rise. Join HCPro for Violence in the ED: Proven Strategies to Keep Your Facility Safe, a 90-minute Webcast where you’ll learn a five-step approach to keeping your staff and patients safe. Our experienced speakers will also guide you through regulatory requirements related to workplace violence and provide action plans to train staff to handle unruly patients and prevent dangerous situations.


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