Tag: OSHA

New OSHA website up and running for submitting electronic injury and illness reports

The long-anticipated website launched by OSHA for publication of electronic injury and illness reports is officially open for business. The website was promised as part of a final rule that took effect January 1 of this year, establishing new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws to prevent employers from discouraging employees from reporting work-related injuries and illness. […]

Risk and rising fines increase the importance of OSHA

Review your agency’s policies for keeping employees safe from hazards. The majority of employers are subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and more workers are injured in the health care and social assistance industry sector than any other, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The law mandates that employers provide […]

Risk and rising fines increase the importance of OSHA

Review your agency’s policies for keeping employees safe from hazards. The majority of employers are subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and more workers are injured in the health care and social assistance industry sector than any other, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The law mandates that employers provide […]

Nurse lobbies for bill to end “dirty little secret of nursing”

Healthcare has always had an open door policy. Rarely are residents, patients or even visitors vetted before they enter the building, and nurses are often on the frontlines of greeting these new comers. While the indiscriminate nature of receiving care should be a good thing, in recent years, it has been tainted by what one […]

OSHA: Deadline to submit Form 300A extended

Following a final rule published in May 2016 regarding the electronic submission of Form A, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced they will be extending the submission deadline from July 1, 2017 to a new deadline, which has not yet been shared. Employers that have 250 or more employees are required to submit […]

Trump will sign resolution to reverse OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements for recordable injury and illness

In December, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule intended to “clarify[y] an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness.” The final rule, titled “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” and informally referred to as the […]

OSHA’s new electronic submission and anti-retaliation laws affect nursing homes and assisted living facilities

Effective January 1, 2017, OSHA will require businesses in industries with high injury and illness rates, including senior living facilities and nursing homes, to electronically submit work-related injury and illness reports to OSHA for publication on OSHA’s website. This final rule published on May 12, 2016 does not change facilities’ obligation to recording injuries and […]

Workplace violence rates higher in residential care facilities, OSHA to address

In a request for information published December 7, 2016, OSHA reports that in 2014, residential care facilities’ workplace-violence-related injury rates were 11 times higher than other sectors in the healthcare industry. Supporting data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Table 1 of the request documents the rate of […]

OSHA campaign working to help reduce nursing home injuries

The high rate of nursing home injuries can be reduced by better resident handling practices, according to a new guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA’s new “Safe Patient Handling” brochure is part of its ongoing campaign to reduce the high rate of injuries among healthcare workers. Residential care and nursing staff experience […]

OSHA targets SNFs for possible inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released letters to approximately 10,000 workplaces with Days Away from Work, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rates greater than the average rate for their industry. Long-term care facilities are included in these workplaces. Last year, OSHA surveyed employers to collect workplace injury and illness data. This survey was […]