By James L. CurtisDaniel Birnbaum, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH reiterated last week that healthcare workers are exposed to a wide range of hazards on the job and healthcare employers may not be following best practices to protect against these hazards.

Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million
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By Adam R. Young, Kylie Byron, and Craig B. Simonsen

shutterstock_178475264Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH releases a comprehensive training curriculum that home healthcare employers can use to minimize safety risks and prevent OSHA citations.

We had blogged previously about OSHA’s “Strategies and Tools” to “Help Prevent” Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting. Now the National Institute for Occupational
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By Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding two stakeholders hearings on the occupational exposure to infectious diseases.  OSHA is considering what action, if any, the Agency should take to limit the spread of occupationally-acquired infectious diseases.

The hearings, scheduled for July 29, 2011, are to explore the possible development of a proposed rule to protect


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