Hospital Workplace Injuries: Here’s What You Should Know (Pt. 3)

April 5, 2015

Wrapping up our blog series Hospital Workplace Injuries: Here’s What You Should Know, below, we will conclude this discussion by shifting our focus to how hospital health care workers can stay safe on the job and what hospitals can do to better protect their workers.

Hospital Workplace Injuries: Protecting Workers

Although hospital workplace injuries can be devastating, they may be preventable. Here’s how. Contact us for help getting benefits if you’ve been hurt at work.

Although hospital workplace injuries can be devastating, they may be preventable. Here’s how. Contact us for help getting benefits if you’ve been hurt at work.

Given all of the facts and stats about hospital workplace injuries that we have presented thus far in this blog series, it’s clear that hospitals can be particularly dangerous places to work. Knowing that, it’s crucial that administrators at these facilities put some essential protections in place for their workers.

According to safety officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), two of the most essential things that can be done to prevent hospital workplace injuries include:

  • Instituting an effective safety and health management system – Also referred to as injury and illness prevention programs, such safety systems can provide a proactive, collaborative process for identifying and addressing known workplace hazards before they end up hurting nurses, doctors and other health care professionals.

    OSHA specifically recommends that hospitals include the at least the following six “core” elements as part of these programs: management leadership; hazard ID methods; employee participation; hazard control and/or prevention methods; training; and ongoing program assessment and improvement efforts.

  • Promoting safe patient handling methods – Since a number of hazards to hospital health care professionals arise when these workers handle patients, another significant step that facilities can take to protect their workers is to institute a safe patient handling program.

    OSHA recommends that these types of programs include at least the following three elements: training for all workers on safe patient handling techniques; “minimal lifting” policies for hospital health care workers; and special equipment (such as slide sheets, ceiling-mounted lifts, etc.) that can help workers move patients who need this assistance.

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