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OSHA Releases New Resources to Protect Hospital Workers and Enhance Patient Safety

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Jul 15, 2014 9:46:00 AM

On January 16, 2014, OSHA released the details of a new initiative which will help hospital workers and patients maintain better safety. According to research that conducted in 2012, U.S hospitals reported over 250,000 work related injuries of which nearly 60,000 caused individuals to miss work. As a result, workers compensation claims cost hospitals over $2 billion in annual expenses. According to OSHA, a majority of injuries were caused by moving and lifting patients, needle sticks, exposure to infectious diseases, slip and falls, workplace violence, and exposure to hazardous chemicals and medications. 

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Topics: OSHA, enhance patient and hospital worker safety, work related injuries, health and safety management guides

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