OSHA Releases New Web Resource to Protect Hospital Workers

Published January 15, 2014

Today OSHA launched a new educational Web resource with a collection of materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement health and safety management programs. The new online resources include fact books, sample self-assessment documents, best practice guides, and lessons learned from successful safe patient handling programs.

“These new materials can help prevent hospital worker injuries and improve patient safety while reducing costs,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels, PhD. “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.”

The new online resource provides several tools and resources specifically related to safe patient handling, including information on assessments, procedures, programs, training, and the critical components of a safe patient handling program.

AIHA® President Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, released the following statement about OSHA’s new resources: “AIHA has long been a supporter of the effort to reduce risk factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders, including those arising from the manual handling of patients. AIHA offers our full assistance to OSHA to deliver the guidance necessary to achieve our mutual goal of providing workers and communities with a healthier and safer environment.