High injury/illness rates prompt emergency conference

An emergency conference to define and discuss the epidemic of occupational safety and health injuries and illnesses within the health care industry will be held June 12 in San Francisco and Oct. 14 in Sturbridge, MA.

Presented by the American Safety & Health Institute and cosponsored by Hospital Employee Health, Occupational Health Management, Rehab and Therapy Products Review, and the Board of Certified Healthcare Safety Management, the conference will address the key elements that contribute to high rates of occupational illness and injury among hospital and nursing home health care workers.

Topics include needlestick injuries; musculoskeletal disorders; the effects of managed care; workplace violence; hepatitis C; labor unions’ perspective; and a political, economic, and social overview of the issues.

Registration deadline is June 5 for the June 12 conference. The cost is $149 for the first participant and $129 for each additional participant from the same organization. The Oct. 14 conference will include a product exhibition presenting the latest ideas and technology.

Continuing education (CE) credit will be awarded. Participants completing the conference will be granted a certificate of attendance. The program qualifies for certification points by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

For more information on CE credit, program details, or registration, call the American Safety & Health Institute at (508) 393-1284.