OSHA Resources to Protect Health Care Workers
If you are a health care employer, you should be taking employee safety as seriously as you take patient safety.
To the contrary, however, it’s health care workers.
On average, U.S. hospitals recorded 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees, nearly twice the rate for private industry as a whole. The numbers are even higher for nursing and residential care facilities.
The most typical injuries include overexertion and repetitive stress; slips, trips and falls; contact with objects; workplace violence; and exposure to harmful substances (including needle sticks).
Thankfully, if you are health care employer, OSHA has myriad publications to help.
The most helpful include:
- A self-assessment, How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?
- A guide, Worker Safety in Your Hospital
- A guide, How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?