OSHA announces new Web resources for injury prevention

By: January 15th, 2014 Email This Post Print This Post

We’ve all heard the statistics by now: somewhere around 250,000 healthcare workers in hospitals are injured or get sick each year. About 60,000 of them have to miss work, and it all costs the healthcare industry about $2 billion in medical costs.

OSHA finally appears to be sick of hearing that alarming news and is doing something about it to help hospitals prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

I just got off the phone from a teleconference with OSHA where Dr. David Michaels announced a new Web site (https://www.osha.gov/hospitals) dedicated exclusively to hospitals, the workplace hazards present, and how to make it a safer place.

On the site, safety folks can find a bunch of safety assessments you can use to compare your facility to others, and then click on all sorts of fact books, printable resources, and white papers about subjects ranging from safe patient handling, preventing slips and falls, and handling hazardous drugs.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts!





By Linda Mikkalsen on January 16th, 2014 at 10:45 am

I am a licensed practical nurse and a safety consultant with a focus on healthcare- dental, veterinary and medical environments. I have been very concerned for years about the amount of injuries and exposures in the workplace and understanding the recordkeeping requirements are nill for those locations. During the last four years I compiled and presented a presentation and training for such offices for OSHA compliance with the focus on safety. it fell on deaf ears as no fear of osha. I myself have suffered exposures to bbp and chemicals so am very concerned about the workers in these locations and am very willing to jump on or build a band wagon regarding their safety.

By John Palmer on February 10th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Linda – would you mind sharing your comment with my readers in the newsletter? Perhaps you could email me at jpalmer@hcpro.com so we can discuss this. Thanks! John Palmer


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