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OSHA Healthcare Facility Inspections to Become More Intensive - Key Hazards Identified

Jun 26, 2015

OSHA is targeting hospitals and nursing homes in an attempt to reduce workplace injuries.  A recent memorandum to OSHA staff nationwide has outlined key hazards for inspectors to focus on, including:  musculoskeletal disorders related to patient or resident handling; bloodborne pathogens; workplace violence; tuberculosis and slips, trips and falls. 

The impact on inpatient healthcare facilities will be greater scrutiny in these areas during all OSHA inspections, including inspections prompted by complaints, referrals or severe injury reports.  To avoid an increase in OSHA violations – and fines – employers in hospital and nursing home settings should review their worker safety policies in these areas to ensure compliance with OSHA regulations and adequate employee protections.

Contact Michelle Reese or your Day Ketterer attorney, at 330-455-0173 or info@dayketterer.com, for assistance in determining whether your facility is in compliance with OSHA standards.

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