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The healthcare industry faces many challenges as it strives to protect the safety of its employees. The dangers of blood borne pathogens have drawn particular concern to needlestick injuries in recent decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 occupational needlestick injuries occur annually in the United States (BD, 2001). The precise number of injuries is unknown due to significant underreporting of these injuries by the parties involved. The suite of bloodborne pathogens includes Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). These pathogens cause serious morbidity, disability and death (Vadgama, 2002).
The purpose of this research project was to better understand compensation trends among Safety, Health, and Environmental (SH&E) professionals. Since 2008, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has measured and reported salary and employment trend data as a service to its certificants and SH&E professionals. In 2015, BCSP hoped to develop a more complete SH&E employment trend and salary picture by inviting five partners to participate in the data collection process. Partners: ASSE - American Society of Safety Engineers; ABIH - American Board of Industrial Hygiene; AHMP - Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals;
AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association; and IHMM - Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.
A 2015 American Society of Safety Engineers survey of more than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals reveals they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000, an increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago.
The ASSE survey results are part of an expansive collaboration with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).
A summary is provided and includes a link to download the full report.
This article outlines a national skilled nursing provider's journey through a 2013 NEP inspection. This federal OSHA inspection was conducted in a senior living facility and resulted in a serious-level General Duty Clause (5)(a) citation for the lack of a safe patient handling (ergonomic) program as well as other citations. Key points of the inspection and citation are summarized as a way to help others prepare and enhance healthcare safety programs to address these injury statistics and understand what to expect during an enforcement visit.
Effective team exchange and communication results in higher performance by trauma teams according to a study published by Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine.
Another year, another billion dollar increase in lost-time injury costs for healthcare. With few OSHA inspections and low penalties, 15.9 million healthcare workers continually record some of the highest injury rates in the U.S., costing the industry $14 billion, and at least 2 million lost workdays in 2012. Provider and patient populations continue to grow, and millions of healthcare-associated infections and fatalities each year demonstrate the link between worker and patient safety. Beginning in 2012 targeted inspections and regional and national emphasis programs aimed additional inspections at nursing and residential care facilities.
Healthcare workers continually record some of
the highest injury and illness rates in the nation,
costing $1B per week. With high rates, millions of
patient Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)
yearly, few OSHA inspections and low penalties,
we finally got OSHA’s attention. The honor system
is over, and emphasis programs and targeted
inspections are underway.
Mayo Clinic’s mission is to inspire hope and to contribute to health and well being by providing the care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Mayo Clinic’s primary value is the “needs of the patient come first.” To achieve success with Mayo Clinic’s mission, employee safety and health must be of utmost importance and fully integrated in all of Mayo Clinic’s functions and operations.
Injury, illness and fatality figures have plateaued for the second year in a row as the economy continues its slow recovery. How will workplace safety be affected if the economy continues to improve?
Before Sept. 11,2001, public health interests in this country had recognized the vulnerability of the population to a terrorist biological attack and had planned for a possible occurrence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a strategic plan to address "the deliberate dissemination of biological or chemical agents.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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