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.
To commemorate National Nurses Week, which concludes Saturday, I want to give a shout out to occupational health nurses (OHNs), who through tireless efforts touch countless lives with caring hands and practical advice every day in the workplace. The week is sponsored by the American Nurses Association, which supports a virtual Center for Occupational and […]
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.
Dr. W. Edward Deming authored Total Quality Management, which espoused a group approach to management. Applying his concepts meant that management would encourage employees to join in the process of continuous improvement. His methods helped Japan recover following WWII. In fact, he is still revered there as a business hero.
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.
While attending the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) annual national conference last week in Philadelphia, I was reminded that local government is the proverbial low-hanging fruit when it comes to introducing an integrated approach to workforce health and safety management.
“Why is getting budget approval so difficult for our health and safety efforts?” That’s a question asked by workforce health and safety professionals time and time again.