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!