First, heal thyself: OSHA responds to the crisis in healthcare worker health

On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that the 2010 incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work was 2 ½ times higher in health care support workers than in the population as a whole. And the rate is increasing: musculoskeletal disorder […]

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New OSHA inspection initiative focuses on healthcare

We knew it was coming: OSHA has announced an initiative to crack down on healthcare industries by initiating special emphasis programs to address alarming injury stats in healthcare environments. Newly released data from The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries is increasing among healthcare […]

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OSHA: measuring success

Since 2001, OSHA (federal and state-run programs) has placed a heavy emphasis on “reaching out” to educate employers and employees on OSHA standards and their respective industries to ensure and maintain compliance. Almost 4 million students have completed OSHA Outreach Training Programs (both online and class-room based). In 2010, a record number of students (781,578) […]

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Gaming the OSHA 300 Log

One of the worst kept secrets over the past few decades has been how companies and health care providers have joined forces to game the OSHA 300 log to reduce the number of reportable injuries. This created a win-win situation where companies could report lower injury rates and the Department of Labor could take credit […]

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100% compliance with OSHA recordkeeping

OSHA has launched the National Emphasis Program on recordkeeping and, at the same time, is directing inspectors to review a company’s Form 300 Logs of work related injuries and illnesses for up to five previous years for violations of the recordkeeping rules. The end result is that many employers are receiving five and six digit […]

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