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BLS analyzes safety data in healthcare

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. [1]

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:

Are you surprised about these findings, especially the data on workplace violence? A poll by the OSHA Healthcare Advisor [2] showed that 21% of healthcare facilities were “Unprepared to prevent violence. Let us know in the comment section below.

[3]Protect your staff and patients from violence in the emergency department. [3] 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, [3]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.