The nursing home industry is one of America's fastest growing industries. Today nursing homes and personal care facilities employ approximately 2.1 million workers at 21,000 worksites.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2000 nursing and personal care facilities reported 192,200 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses to their personnel. That year, nursing home facilities ranked third highest in nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses among U.S. industries with 100,000 or more injuries and illnesses, behind Hospitals, and Eating and Drinking Places.
In 2008, the nursing home industry injury and illness incident rate is 12.5 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers. This is almost three times the incident rate of 4.2 of industry as a whole. TABLE 1. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and case types, 2008. US Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), (2009, October 10). Also available as a 115 KB PDF, 35 pages. (Search for Nursing and residential care facilities, NAICS 623).
Every year, OSHA conducts several hundred inspections of nursing and residential care facilities within NAICS 623110, 623210 and 623311 (formerly SIC codes 8051-Skilled Nursing Care Facilities, 8052-Intermediate Care Facilities, and 8059-Nursing and Residential Care Facilities, Not Elsewhere Classified)]. The most frequently cited violations were bloodborne pathogens, uncontrolled electrical hazards, Lockout/Tagout, hazard communication, medical services and first aid, recordkeeping, egress and machine guarding.
OSHA is providing this computerized graphical Nursing Home eTool to
help employers identify and address potential occupational hazards in the nursing home industry. 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 nursing home work and improve worker safety.