The National Safety Council, a safety advocate group that promotes safety in homes, workplaces, and communities across the country, has designated the month of June as National Safety Month. Specifically, the group has dedicated the second week of June (June 8-14) to preventing slips, trips, and falls, one of the most prevalent causes of injuries to workers in the healthcare industry.
Workers in the healthcare industry have some of the highest numbers of workplace injuries in the country. According to some estimates, some 650,000 healthcare workers are injured every year, and that’s 150,000 more than the next closest industry – manufacturing. OSHA’s 2012 estimates claim that U.S. hospitals recorded nearly 250,000 work-related injuries and illnesses, almost 58,000 of which caused employees to miss work. Musculoskeletal injuries are the single biggest worker injury in hospitals.
We here at HCPro are planning to celebrate safety week by offering lots of free giveaways, raffles, and discounts on all your favorite safety products that we offer. Keep an eye out for information in our blogs, ezines, and websites!