Safety

Healthcare illnesses remain higher than national average

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 11, 2009

Occupational illness in U.S. private industry decreased from 2003 to 2007, but the rate of illness among healthcare workers remained 50% higher than the national average, according to August NIOSH eNews.

From 2003 to 2007, the national average was 26.3 illnesses per 100,000 full-time workers. The healthcare industry rate was 40.2 illnesses per 100,000 full-time workers. Only the manufacturing and utilities industries had higher rates of occupational illness.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines occupational illness as skin diseases or disorders, respiratory conditions, poisoning, hearing loss, and other occupational illnesses such as radiation and bloodborne ionizing and bloodborne pathogenic diseases.

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