OSHA has placed nursing and personal care facilities on its list of high-hazard workplaces for inspections this year under its Site-Specific Targeting 2010 (SST-10) plan.
The SST program identifies workplaces based on work-related injury and illness data, such as “the number of injury and illness cases and number of days a worker has to stay away from work, or the number of workers who received job transfers or work restrictions due to injury or illness,” according to an October 22 OSHA news release .
“The Site Specific Targeting program helps OSHA focus its enforcement resources to high-risk employers who are endangering their workers’ health and safety,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels in the news release.
Approximately 300 nursing and personal care facilities are on the primary list, according to the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting 2010 document . Primary list inspections will cover:
- Ergonomic stressors
- Exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials
- Exposure to tuberculosis
- Slips, trips, and falls
The scope of an inspection can be expanded if additional hazards are found, according to SST-10.
Last year, half of all OSHA fines in healthcare came from nursing and personal care facilities, according to a report in the November Medical Environment Update.
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