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OSHA Resources to Protect Health Care Workers

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You might think that construction workers or manufacturing employees have the highest rate of workplace injuries.

To the contrary, however, it’s health care workers.

On average, U.S. hospitals recorded 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees, nearly twice the rate for private industry as a whole. The numbers are even higher for nursing and residential care facilities.

The most typical injuries include overexertion and repetitive stress; slips, trips and falls; contact with objects; workplace violence; and exposure to harmful substances (including needle sticks).

Thankfully, if you are health care employer, OSHA has myriad publications to help.


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