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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Asking the tough questions: spinal fusion in workers’ compensation patients

Trang Nguyen MD, PhD and her colleagues from the University of Cincinnati, using their own money to avoid funding bias, conducted an important study to determine whether lumbar fusion was a useful treatment for workers’ compensation patients with herniated or degenerating lumbar discs. Since the FDA approved the use of interbody cages in 1996, the […]

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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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