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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 Hospitals reported 248,200 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses to their personnel. The incidence rate in 2009 for hospitals was 6.9 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers while the incident rate for industry as a whole was 3.7 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers. From October 2009 through September 2010, OSHA performed 544 inspection activities in NAICS code 622 (SIC code 806) - Hospitals. The most frequently cited violations were bloodborne pathogens, formaldehyde, recordkeeping forms and recording criteria and hazard communication.

OSHA is providing this computerized graphical eTool to help employers identify and address potential occupational hazards in hospitals. This will be done through a comprehensive safety and health program approach.

This eTool will help employers in developing and implementing engineering and work practice controls which comply with OSHA requirements and could be incorporated into a facility's safety and health plan to reduce the hazards of hospital work and improve worker safety.




 


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