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TASER dart update (or don’t TASE me, bro…)

July 27, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

I’ve been working on the issue of TASER darts, bloodborne pathogens and OSHA for a while now and wanted to share some updates. My most recent article on this topic is just out in The Journal, a periodical serving the law enforcement community.

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Topics: training, occupational health, OSHA, healthcare, illness prevention

DART rates and nursing homes

May 17, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses who, along with other staff, provide nursing and continuous personal care services.”

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, workforce, employees, ergonomics, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Healthcare employee illness & injury rates - infographic

May 09, 2012 - Posted by Craig Frailey

In last week's blog, we explored the staggering statistics around workplace injuries and illnesses. The data showed that healthcare employees are more likely to suffer a work-related injury/illness than employees in sectors traditionally thought to be extremely dangerous -- such as mining or construction.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, infographic, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, workplace wellness

Targeted for an OSHA inspection this year?

May 03, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In a September 9, 2011 directive, Federal OSHA details their Site-Specific Targeting 2011 Inspection Plan. In short, if you fit the profile outlined in the 46-page directive, you should expect a comprehensive inspection this year. The program does not include construction worksites, and the eligibility threshold is changed from 40 employees to 20.

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, injury prevention, illness prevention, OSHA DART rate, workforce, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Workplace health & safety by the numbers - infographic

April 30, 2012 - Posted by Craig Frailey

In the past 3 years, we've seen a 42% increase in the number of workplace illnesses. In fact, 2010 data shows that 21% of all U.S. workers are hit by workplace illnesses.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, injury prevention, EHS, illness prevention, hospital, human resources, workplace wellness, safety culture, department of labor

Workers Memorial Day & World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2012

April 28, 2012 - Posted by Eric Glass

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, recognizing victims of workplace illnesses or injuries. Today also marks World Day for Health and Safety at Work 2012, promoting the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, safety culture

Injury and illness prevention programs - a look at OSHA's recent whitepaper

March 27, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

In the summer of 2010, OSHA held the first in a series of stakeholder meetings on its ambitious proposal to adopt an Injury and Illness Prevention Program standard.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, employees, human resources, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Dangers of bloodborne pathogen exposure

January 24, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

It goes without saying that a lot of things that you don't want to catch live in a human body. Employees in many occupations, including housekeeping personnel, emergency response team members, and healthcare workers (especially because of needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries) are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. These pathogens include hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, OSHA, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital

OSHA announces new online Outreach Training Program providers

January 12, 2012 - Posted by Todd Hohn

We are excited to announce that UL has been chosen by OSHA as an authorized training provider as part of their Outreach Training Program. OSHA has been committed to ensuring that the caliber of their online programs match their dedication to the health and safety of employees and their workplaces.

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, department of labor

First, heal thyself: OSHA responds to the crisis in healthcare worker health

November 21, 2011 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that the 2010 incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work was 2 ½ times higher in health care support workers than in the population as a whole. And the rate is increasing: musculoskeletal disorder cases with days away from work for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants increased 10 percent from the previous year.

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Topics: compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, injury prevention, hospital, safety culture, department of labor