While workplace violence can happen in any industry or occupation, healthcare and social services workers face a high risk of job-related violence. Workplace assaults ranged from 23,540 and 25,630 annually over a 3-year period, and 70% to 74% of those occurred in healthcare and social services settings.
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On day 2 of Safety 2019, the annual conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals, taking place June 9–12 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Yeu-Li Yeung, the patient care ergonomics coordinator for Duke University Health System, and Neal Wiggermann, PhD, a specialist research scientist specializing in human factors and […]
Integra Health Management, Inc., failed to fulfill its responsibility when an employee was stabbed and later died, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently decided.
An American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) panel began work on developing standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs. The expert panel endorsed three sets of existing guidelines and standards. However, it also identified issues it felt existing standards did not adequately address.
Why the fuss about bacteria and booze? Well, there’s a potentially serious EHS concern blossoming for healthcare facilities as certain forms of bacteria are becoming more tolerant of the alcohol used in popular hand sanitizers.
As have other organizations that advocate for healthcare workers, the Joint Commission is strongly urging healthcare organizations to take a comprehensive look at the occurrence of violence against their employees and take steps toward implementing protections that “look beyond solutions that only increase scrutiny.”
Hospitals are among the most dangerous workplaces in the country, averaging nearly seven work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees. That’s nearly twice the rate for private industry as a whole. Cases of nonfatal occupational injury and illness for healthcare workers are among the highest of any industry sector.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has added 34 new drugs to its list of those considered hazardous for healthcare workers. Get important information here.
Healthcare workers in home settings face a variety of safety and health risks, but they often lack access to programs offered to those in traditional settings. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering a web-based curriculum that focuses on practical solutions. Keep reading for details.