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August 1, 2011

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  • Warning: Prepare to retrain hospital employees on chemical hazards

    Hospitals will need to retrain all their employees on chemical hazards when the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration finalizes its changes to the Hazard Communication Standard.
  • 'Green' movement makes hospitals safer

    Being greener is safer. As hospitals join the sustainability movement, they are making the workplace safer for their own employees.
  • NIOSH: Be aware of dermal hazards

    The skin is a very effective barrier to hazards such as blood or body fluids. But because some chemicals can penetrate the skin, health care workers need to be aware of the risks and necessary protections, says Scott Dotson, PhD, CIH, an industrial hygienist with the Education and Information Division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati.
  • Measles outbreaks laborious, costly

    When a single imported case of measles led to a small outbreak in Tucson, AZ, in 2008, two hospitals were forced to spend a total of some $800,000 to contain it, much of that related to ensuring the immunity of employees.
  • Complacency erodes sharps safety gains

    Injuries from contaminated needles and other sharps that can cause infectious diseases are preventable, and shouldn't be tolerated as a cost of doing business by health care organizations charged with ensuring safety and preventing harm.
  • More sleep required for docs-in-training

    As of July 1, first-year medical residents may be getting a better night's sleep. New rules limit duty hours for interns to a 16-hour shift, ban them from moonlighting, and require them to have at least 8 hours free between duty hours.
  • Should you give PEP after an unknown stick?

    In the May issue of HEH, we reported on an effort to reduce sharps injuries by using disposal containers with a better design. A reader subsequently posed a question: Would you administer post-exposure prophylaxis to an employee who receives a sharps injury from an unknown source, such as a sharp protruding from a container?
  • Prime target: First-year medical residents

    The new rules of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) focus primarily on first-year residents to reduce fatigue and fatigue-related errors.