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The Practical Employer

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.

You might think that construction workers or manufacturing employees have the highest rate of workplace injuries.

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:

OSHA also has publications specific to healthcare topics such as Bloodborne PathogensDisposal of Contaminated NeedlesSafe Patient HandlingWorkplace Violence, and others.
Bottom line? If you are a health care employer, you should be taking employee safety as seriously as you take patient safety, and with the all of the resources OSHA has available, you have no excuses if you’re not.