OSHA for Healthcare

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More workers are injured in the healthcare industry than any other. This industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Healthcare workers face a number of serious safety and health hazards. They include bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards, potential chemical and drug exposures, waste anesthetic gas exposures, respiratory hazards, ergonomic hazards from lifting and repetitive tasks, laser hazards, workplace violence, hazards associated with laboratories, and radioactive material and x-ray hazards. Some of the potential chemical exposures include formaldehyde, used for preservation of specimens for pathology; ethylene oxide, glutaraldehyde, and paracetic acid used for sterilization; and numerous other chemicals used in healthcare laboratories. Healthcare facilities employ a wide variety of trades including mechanical maintenance, medical equipment maintenance, housekeeping, food service, building and grounds maintenance, laundry, and administrative staff in addition to the medical staff.

OSHA law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury).

EHR 2.0 OSHA consultants can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. 

EHR 2.0’s OSHA services include:

  • OSHA Assessment Report
  • OSHA Training Staff
  • Workplace Violence Reporting Form
  • Policies and Procedures
  • OSHA Audit and Support