OSHA Publishes Inspection Guidance For Inpatient Healthcare Settings
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry continues to rank amongst the most dangerous industries based upon the number of work-related injuries and illnesses suffered by its workers.
In 2013, U.S. hospitals recorded 57,680 work-related injuries and illnesses, a total of 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees, almost twice as high as the rate for the private industry as a whole (3.3 per 100 full-time employees for all U.S. industries).
With these statistics, it was only a matter of time before OSHA took steps to make the healthcare industry an inspection priority. The first step in this process occurred on June 25, 2015 when the agency published a Memorandum setting forth guidance for Compliance Safety & Health Officers in inspecting inpatient healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities.