In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses […]
Hospitals had the highest number of injuries and illnesses of any industry at 258,000 in 2010. These are facilities that we expect to be among the safest, yet they are the most dangerous. What causes this? From my observations it comes down to short-staffing and lack of time.
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.
In a September 9, 2011 directive, Federal OSHA details their Site-Specific Targeting 2011 Inspection Plan. In short, if you fit the profile outlined in the 46-page directive, you should expect a comprehensive inspection this year. The program does not include construction worksites, and the eligibility threshold is changed from 40 employees to 20.
In the past 3 years, we’ve seen a 42% increase in the number of workplace illnesses. In fact, 2010 data shows that 21% of all U.S. workers are hit by workplace illnesses.
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, recognizing victims of workplace illnesses or injuries. Today also marks World Day for Health and Safety at Work 2012, promoting the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
Here at UL, we are thrilled that Joyce Hood is the first occupational health nurse to receive our new Workplace Health and Safety Stewardship Award.
You may have heard that OSHA is reaching out to about 15,000 workplaces with high DART rates.
With spring and summer around the corner, employers and workers will soon cope with heat-related work hazards – including heat, direct sun exposure as well as Lyme Disease and other bloodborne diseases from tick bites. Employers should be aware of the potential hazards that are a part of working in an outdoor environment in the […]
Here is something to add to the list of preventable injuries in healthcare settings.