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In accordance with OSHA's strategy to target industries with known high injury and illness rates, in July 2002 OSHA implemented a Nursing and Personal Care Facilities National Emphasis Program (NH-NEP). The NH-NEP focused primarily on the hazards which are prevalent in Nursing and Personal Care Facilities and which contribute the most to the elevated injury and illness rate in this industry. Specifically, these hazards included ergonomic stressors related to resident handling; slips, trips, and falls; exposure to bloodborne pathogens; and exposure to tuberculosis. Additionally, workplace violence was addressed through outreach, training, and information in an effort to advance awareness of this issue.
In 2004, enforcement of nursing home facilities will be conducted under the Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program. It is estimated that OSHA will inspect approximately 400 long-term care facilities with the highest injury and illness rates. Nursing and Personal Care Facility inspections conducted under the SST will focus on the same four areas as the NH-NEP.
Details on site selection criteria may be found in the SST directive at the link below.
* Please note, these numbers reflect the totals only through December 31, 2003. Because not all inspections had been completed and citations issued as of December 31, 2003, these statistics may change in the future.
Nursing home employers wishing to obtain additional information on protecting their employees may find additional information at the following links:
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