The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act of 2021 recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now in the Senate.It would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to require violence prevention programs in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a National Emphasis Program to ensure that employees in high-hazard industries, such as healthcare, are protected from contracting SARS-CoV-2.
‘We don’t know how many healthcare workers have died of COVID’
March 17, 2021
Compounding the tragic loss of so many healthcare workers during the pandemic, a new report concludes that, in the absence of a national reporting system, the true count of those who have died of COVID-19 is unknown.
Lack of standardized reporting means researchers are ‘flying blind’
March 4, 2021
While healthcare workers literally bear witness to death, who tolls the bell for them? There is no official count for healthcare workers who have died of COVID-19. Ask how many of these heroes have put their lives on the line and lost them in the process, and one enters a maze of incomplete reports collected from limited jurisdictions, mixed with extrapolations and models confounded with variables.
As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines continues, healthcare employers face complicated questions about what they can require of employees, how to handle employees who refuse the vaccine, and other potential legal consequences that may result in the coming months.
Standard would protect healthcare workers from infectious disease
November 24, 2020
In acknowledged underestimates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports tens of thousands of healthcare workers have acquired COVID-19 and hundreds have died. With CDC guidelines nonregulatory, politicized, and too often ignored during the pandemic, the question arises: Could an enforceable infectious disease standard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have saved lives during the pandemic?
Research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers across the world shows disturbing levels of anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, and suicide. The authors of one study estimate the prevalence of burnout among registered nurses in the United States to range from 35% to 45%.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated it will prioritize investigations of complaints, referrals, fatalities, and hospitalizations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means risk managers should prepare to respond effectively to employee complaints or OSHA queries.
Hundreds of healthcare workers dead in CDC ‘underestimate’
August 6, 2020
The continuing onslaught of COVID-19 is decimating the ranks of U.S. healthcare workers, leading to calls for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an infectious disease standard requiring employers to protect medical staff.