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OSHA unveils new worker safety tools

Hospital Safety Insider, April 24, 2014

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To address the alarmingly high rate of workplace injuries in the healthcare industry, OSHA has introduced a new website dedicated solely to hospitals and preventing worker injuries.
 
The healthcare industry has some of the highest numbers of workplace injuries in the country, and it's not getting better. According to some estimates, approximately 650,000 healthcare workers are injured every year, 150,000 more than the next closest industry, manufacturing.
 
The new "educational Web resource," released January 15 in a press conference, is an online tool with materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement safety and health management systems.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the April issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.



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