The Ministry of Health of Guinea has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a rapidly evolving outbreak of deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in south-eastern Guinea. EVD in humans has a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent. It is spread through animal-to-human and human-to-human contact with infected blood and body fluid; no […]
Infectious disease risks often pose a serious problem in the workplace. From the seasonal flu to respiratory diseases, a plethora of infectious diseases is responsible for worker illnesses, and in worse-case scenarios, death.
As more companies send employees on global travel, it’s important for safety and health managers to have a proper infection control system. If an employee contracts an infectious disease, the possibility of spreading it throughout the company could develop into a serious problem for the employer.
On July 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark the World Hepatitis Day to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.
Home healthcare employee health and safety at a glance:
Nursing and Residential Care Employee Health and Safety at a Glance
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides healthcare (NAICS 62) into three sectors: Ambulatory Health (NAICS 621); Hospitals (NAICS 622); and Nursing and Residential Care (NAICS 623).
In last week’s blog, we explored the staggering statistics around workplace injuries and illnesses. The data showed that healthcare employees are more likely to suffer a work-related injury/illness than employees in sectors traditionally thought to be extremely dangerous — such as mining or construction.
Over the last several weeks while leading various OSHA 30-hour classes, an unexpected issue came up inside the bloodborne pathogens piece. We all know that bloodborne pathogens are a major issue for healthcare workers, right? All sorts of creative exposure routes and mechanisms not limited to the estimated 800,000 needle-sticks each year.