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OSHA to Target Healthcare Inspections

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
OSHA to Target Healthcare Inspections


We all know OSHA is watching, but they've just announced that they're keeping an especially watchful eye on healthcare facilities.

Recently, OSHA advised its staff that all inspections of hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities should include a review of potential hazards. Read on for more details...

OSHA to Target 5 Key Hazards for Focus in Healthcare Inspections

In a June 25, 2015 news release (click here for the release) OSHA announced that they would be targeting the following hazards at hospitals, nursing, and residential care facilities:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) relating to patient or resident handling
  • Workplace violence (WPV)
  • Bloodborne pathogens (BBP)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Slips, trips, and falls (STFs)

The reason for this targeted focus is the large number (nearly 58,000) of work-related injuries and illnesses in these industries in 2013 couple with an injury and illness incident rate (6.4) that is almost twice as high as the overall rate for private industry. These 5 hazards resulted in the great majority of those incidents in terms of frequency and severity.

1SSH provides Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Training - learn more at "Workers who take care of us when we are sick or hurt should not be at such high risk for injuries - that simply is not right. Workers in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities have work injury and illness rates that are among the highest in the country, and virtually all of these injuries and illnesses are preventable," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "OSHA has provided employers with education, training and resource materials, and it's time for hospitals and the health care industry to make the changes necessary to protect their workers."

The OSHA memorandum establishing guidance for these inspections may be found here.

1Source Safety and Health staff have been helping healthcare employers to address these hazards for over 30 years, helping to significantly reduce the resultant injuries, illnesses, and their costs.

For more details please contact: Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP at or 888-883-2777, ext. 24.

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Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: The Key is C.A.R.E.

Nurses and related healthcare workers have some of the highest incident rates for back and other injuries arising from ergonomic risk (now termed work related musculoskeletal disorders or WMSD) of any industry. These WMSD are associated with the physical demands of patient handling. The risk for these disorders is due to the increasing weight of patients, the increasing average age of healthcare workers, and the increased degree of disability while patients and residents are receiving care.

1Source staff has been helping healthcare employers since 1987 to implement safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) programs. This has included developing and conducting SPHM seminars since 1991 where the control, anticipation, recognition, and evaluation of ergonomic and other risks are evaluated. The slogan above that includes the word C.A.R.E. is derived from the following actions that are required to have an effective program:

  • Control - apply appropriate design considerations, equipment, and other resources
  • Anticipate - changes in patient condition or activities
  • Recognize - required work practices and obstacles to safe handling
  • Evaluate - patient and staff condition and ability to assist.
Click to read more about C.A.R.E.