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The healthcare industry employs 14.5 million workers in ambulatory care services (such as doctors’ offices and clinics), hospitals, and nursing/residential care facilities. Common hazards in healthcare include patient lifting, slips and trips, violence, chemical or biological exposure, and exposure to dangerous equipment. Nonmedical workers in healthcare exposed to hazards include those in maintenance, housekeeping, food service, and laundry.

The top 5 causes of injury among hospital workers are:

  • Overexertion and bodily reaction (48%)
  • Slips, trips, and falls (25%)
  • Contact with objects (13%)
  • Workplace violence (9%)
  • Exposure to substances (4%)

OSHA regulates healthcare facilities through rules covering air contaminants, bloodborne pathogens, electrical safety, fire protection, housekeeping, hazard communication, ionizing and nonionizing radiation, laboratory chemical exposure, respiratory protection, slips and falls, and others. OSHA can also cite employers under the general duty clause if a hazard (such as overexertion) exists for which there is no specific OSHA rule.

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Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.1030 Bloodborne pathogens  National
Trainer's Outlines Accidents and Near Misses (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Accidents and Near Misses for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Guidance Documents Anatomy of a Nursing Home with Potential Hazards  National
Trainer's Outlines Anesthetics Safety (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Anesthetics Safety for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Handouts Anesthetics Safety for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Antineoplastic Agents (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Antineoplastic Agents for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Antineoplastic Drugs Safety (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Antineoplastic Drugs Safety for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Attitude for Safety (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Attitude for Safety for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Avian Flu (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Avian Flu for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Handouts Avoiding Latex Allergies (PDF)  National
Handouts Avoiding Latex Allergies (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Back Health (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Back Health for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Back Safety (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Back Safety for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Basic Electrical Safety (PDF) [Safety Meetings for Healthcare Workers]  National
Handouts Basic Electrical Safety for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Meetings Basic Electrical Safety for Healthcare Workers (PDF)  National
Handouts BBP - The Case of the Potential Needlestick (PDF)  National
PowerPoints BBP - The Case of the Potential Needlestick (PPT)  National
Clip Art Biohazard Symbol (JPG)  National
Guidance Documents Bloodborne Fact Sheet 01--An Overview of the Standard  National
Guidance Documents Bloodborne Fact Sheet 02--Protect Yourself When Handling Sharps  National
Guidance Documents Bloodborne Fact Sheet 03--Personal Protective Equipment Cuts Risk  National
Guidance Documents Bloodborne Fact Sheet 04--Reporting Exposure Incidents  National
Guidance Documents Bloodborne Fact Sheet 05--Hepatitis B Vaccination--Protection for You  National
Guidance Documents Bloodborne Fact Sheet 06--Holding the Line on Contamination  National
Handouts Bloodborne Pathogen Protection (PDF)  National
Handouts Bloodborne Pathogen Protection (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Bloodborne Pathogens (PDF)  National
Posters Bloodborne Pathogens (PDF)  National
Posters Bloodborne Pathogens (PDF)  National
Handouts Bloodborne Pathogens (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Bloodborne Pathogens (PDF) [Safety Audit Checklists]  National
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