If an employee reports carpal tunnel syndrome to his or her primary care physician, the provider may wrongly assume it's work-related and therefore, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-recordable.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) briefly reopened the comment period on the proposed rule to record work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The comments came from May 17 to June 16, about a month after two teleconferences focused on concerns of small businesses.
Occupational health nurses noticed that employees were reporting skin irritation from wearing safety goggles, and reported this to safety. After safety reviewed the situation, a new process was implemented for cleaning the goggles.
While walking through a work area, an employee steps into a hole that was left unguarded, and twists his ankle. He doesn't tell his supervisor because he doesn't want to negatively affect Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable injury rates.
Safe lift programs save money, and they save more if they are comprehensive and have leadership support. That finding from a new study of workers' compensation and lift-related injuries in long-term care provides a strong, new underpinning for the financial benefits of safe patient handling.
As with most employers, the cost of health insurance was rising year after year for Sentara Healthcare of Norfolk, VA, an integrated health care delivery system that includes eight acute care hospitals, outpatient centers, long-term care, and Optima Health Plan, an insurance subsidiary.
Outpatient centers have historically attracted little attention from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, although needle market data shows they have lagged in sharps safety. But that hands-off approach is ending with a regional emphasis program in four states.