By Brent I. Clark, Meagan Newman, and Anne D. Harris
On January 15, 2014, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new online resource dedicated to worker safety in hospitals.
The new website contains educational materials relating to prevention of employee injuries, workplace safety assessments, safe patient handling programs, and safety and health management systems. The website also features fact books, self-assessments, and best practice guides.
The website serves as OSHA’s most recent effort to improve safety in hospitals, address the most common types of injuries hospital workers face, and provide information and resources to employers on these issues.
It is important to note that the new website does not create any new or additional requirements for hospitals. However, now is a good time for healthcare employers to assess safety programs and policies to evaluate compliance with OSHA regulations.