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Articles Tagged With: OSHA

  • Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Vaccine Mandate

    Hospitals still struggling to vaccinate all workers received good news on Jan. 13, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government can enforce its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. Justices threw out two lawsuits representing more than 20 states, ruling that mandating COVID-19 vaccination of healthcare workers is within the limits of federal law.
  • TJC, OSHA Expect Hospitals to Address Violence

    The Joint Commission recently updated its standards for preventing and addressing violence in the healthcare workplace. OSHA's General Duty Clause requires employers to provide their employees with a place of employment that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
  • Workplace Violence on the Rise; COVID-19 Partly to Blame

    Always a challenging problem, workplace violence in healthcare settings has worsened recently as the many stresses of the pandemic push staff, managers, patients, and family members to the breaking point. Risk managers should review their workplace violence policies to ensure they clearly define workplace violence to include bullying, intimidation, and harassment.
  • Worker Safety Is Critical to Patient Safety

    As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the national nursing shortage, healthcare workers are finally seen as a valuable commodity that should not be routinely lost to injuries trying to manually lift and mobilize patients. Ultimately, understanding worker safety equals patient safety improves the well-being of an organization.
  • Overall Needlestick Rates Hold During Pandemic

    Despite healthcare facilities being overwhelmed with COVID-19 in 2020, the overall rates of sharps injuries and mucocutaneous exposures to healthcare workers remained relatively stable, the International Safety Center reports.
  • CMS Requires COVID-19 Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highly anticipated interim final rule requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will bring new obligations for healthcare employers, but it also might help overcome the objections of some employees.

  • A History of Violence: Leaders Must Stand Up for Nurses

    Two veteran occupational health nurses described their experiences with workplace violence over the years, emphasizing this chronic situation can be stopped if individual hospital leaders set a tone that enough is enough.
  • OSHA Extends Comment Period, but Does Not Delay Emergency Temporary Standard

    After receiving numerous comments requesting the action, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration extended the comment period for its COVID-19 healthcare emergency temporary standard to Aug. 20.
  • Major Medical Groups Call for OSHA to Delay COVID-19 Regulation

    Many of the nation’s leading medical groups are calling for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to delay its Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 by at least six months and to extend the comment period.

  • Comments to OSHA on ETS: ‘Too Much, Too Late’

    Some of the comments received by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on its Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 in healthcare show frustration and disappointment.