NIOSH: Healthcare not as safe a place to work as you may think

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 21, 2009

Looking for a job providing a clean, sterile, and a safe place to work? Healthcare isn’t it, at least not as safe as it could be.

Healthcare and Social Assistance: Advancing priorities through research and partnerships, a recent publication by NIOSH, succinctly addresses the many hazards to healthcare workers affecting health and wellbeing such as life-threatening infections, toxic drugs and chemicals, and physically demanding tasks such as lifting patients.

More than 17 million healthcare workers face these hazards, and women represent 80% of this workforce, “a higher portion than in any other industry,” according to NIOSH.

The document makes recommendations for transforming the industry to one where healthcare worker “safety is a core value.”