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Occupational Health Nurse Receives 2014 UL Stewardship Award

May 07, 2014 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Our 2014 Stewardship Award goes to a nurse who is dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of healthcare workers.

Annette Calvert, RN, COHN/CM, CHSP, is this year’s recipient of the AAOHN-UL Workplace Health & Safety Stewardship Award. Tom Neville, vice president, Healthcare, presented the award today in Dallas during the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses’ annual awards breakfast.

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Home healthcare industry loses $684 million to employee injuries

May 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Home healthcare employee health and safety at a glance:

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, OHS, hospital, workers' compensation, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, OSHA recordkeeping

Employee injury/illness rates in nursing and residential care 3X national average

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Nursing and Residential Care Employee Health and Safety at a Glance

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Lost-time employee injuries cost healthcare billions

January 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides healthcare (NAICS 62) into three sectors: Ambulatory Health (NAICS 621); Hospitals (NAICS 622); and Nursing and Residential Care (NAICS 623).

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Loss leaders: Incidence rates for workforce safety and health

November 09, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In their recent report on 2011 incidence rates for the U.S. workforce, BLS noted that “The rate reported for 2011 was unchanged for the first time in a decade during which the total recordable cases (TRC) injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers declined significantly each year since 2002.” Translation: rates had gone down each year since 2002, but in 2011 they stayed the same as 2010. So with no improvement last year, what went wrong? Maybe nothing.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, Featured, industrial, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention

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

Fireworks and oil

July 05, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Last night, being the fourth of July, was about watching fireworks. In my county, the drought has forced a burn-ban that precluded any legal displays, so our shows were all in high-definition from the air-conditioned comfort of the living room. I have to admit it was pretty nice on a 65-inch plasma. No crowds and plenty of hamburgers. One of the displays telecast live from above reminded me of what I was doing exactly two years ago that night.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, loss control, utilities, risk management

Remembering a chlorine derailment

June 28, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have full authority to direct all public and private resources to stop or prevent a release.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, injury prevention, EHS, transportation, risk management

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

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

Dr. Scott Harris

Dr. Scott Harris is the Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety, developing learning content and providing consultative services as part of thought leadership and safety culture development for UL clients. He is a member of the ASSE Oil and Gas Specialty, an advisory member of the Healthcare Practice Specialty and the AIHA Healthcare Working group, and a Course Director and Advisory Board member for the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center at UNC – Chapel Hill. A former U.S. EPA Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Scott led and participated in nationally significant response efforts including Space Shuttle Columbia, New Orleans water search and rescue during Hurricane Katrina and BP Deepwater Horizon. Dr. Harris received his PhD in Environmental Science, with a specialization in Disaster and Emergency Management, from Oklahoma State University and holds degrees in Public Health (M.S.) and Geology (B.S.) from Western Kentucky University.
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