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OSHA launches web resource to improve safety in hospitals

On January 15, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) introduced a new online resource designed to help improve safety in hospitals. The resource, Worker Safety In Hospitals, includes several educational materials such as best practice guides, self-assessments, and fact books created to help hospital management and staff reduce incidents, identify safety needs within facilities, implement safety and health programs, and develop better patient handling procedures.

"These new materials can help prevent hospital worker injuries and improve patient safety, while reducing costs,” explained Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "At the heart of these materials are the lessons from high-performing hospitals that have implemented best practices to reduce workplace injuries while also improving patient safety.”

Hospital employees may encounter hazards like exposure to harmful drugs and chemicals, moving and lifting patients, slips and falls, infectious diseases, and needlesticks. Promote a safe and healthy workplace by educating teams and providing them with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, safety glasses, respiratory protection, and protective clothing.

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