Nine percent of Americans injured on the job did not report their injury to their employer because they were afraid they would suffer consequences such as being fired, not being promoted or being harassed, according to a newly released survey from FindLaw.com, PRNewswire reported yesterday. Three percent of the 1,000 survey respondents said they suffered […]
Dec. 8 will mark the start of National Influenza Vaccination Week. This observance highlights the importance of annual influenza vaccination for anyone over 6 months old, particularly people in high-risk groups. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/index.htm for educational materials, web tools and related Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activities. Additional information and resources for healthcare professionals are […]
Itâ€™s getting easier for employees to file complaints about unsafe work practices and get assistance in response to retaliation for reporting. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the availability of an online whistleblower reporting form today. It applies to workers covered by one of 22 whistleblower statutes.
The Leapfrog Group released its annual list of top hospitals yesterday in recognition of organizations that safely deliver high-quality care. For the second consecutive year, rural hospitals stood out, with 22 making the list (a 69 percent increase from last year); 55 urban hospitals and 13 childrenâ€™s hospitals were also recognized.
OSHA will solicit comments on proposed revisions to process safety management and three other standards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced plans today to solicit public comments on potential revisions to its process safety management (PSM) standard. In addition, the agency will seek input on potential updates to standards on explosives and blasting agents, flammable liquids and spray finishing. OSHA will use feedback obtained through its request for information […]
At its annual meeting in November, the American Public Health Association adopted 17 new policy statements, including one aimed at preventing workplace injury and illness. Citing an absence of federal requirements that employers enact illness and injury prevention programs, the policy calls on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop a standard to […]
An electrical company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a serious safety violation in connection with the June 25 death of a 36-year-old worker who developed heat stroke his first day on the job. The worker was carrying heavy electrical conduit piping in non-shaded conditions when he collapsed while working […]
Hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pursuing the development of value-based payment and population health management initiatives, according to the Governance Instituteâ€™s 2013 biennial survey. The survey findings, contained in Governing the Value Journey: A Profile of Structure, Culture and Practices of Boards in Transition, were released today. Among the 541 responding hospitals […]
President Obama last week signed H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act. The act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate specialty compounded (altered) drugs. It creates a voluntary program for the FDA to regulate entities engaged in batch compounding and establishes authority for the agency to develop a national track-and-trace […]