In addition to the hazards addressed in step 1, there are a number of other
potential safety and health hazards at health care facilities. The following provides links to OSHA
compliance assistance resources for some of these hazards.
- Ergonomic hazards. Some of the major ergonomic stressors at health care facilities include
lifting and repositioning patients and lifting materials.
- Workplace violence. Health care workers face a significant risk of job-related violence. OSHA
encourages employers to establish violence prevention programs and to track their progress in
reducing work-related assaults.
- Slips, Trips, and Falls. Slips, trips, and falls are among the leading causes
of injuries in health care facilities.
- Emergency response hazards
- Chemical hazards. Health care employees may be exposed to a variety of
chemicals on the job. The following provides information on how to prevent or reduce exposure to some
of these chemicals.
- Transitioning to safer chemicals
- Ethylene oxide
- Hazardous chemicals in laboratories.
- Hazardous drugs
- Waste anesthetic gases
- Other hazards.
- Compressed gas
- Laser hazards
- Review a Safety and Health Information Bulletin:
- Learn more
- Latex allergy
For more information on workplace safety and health hazards in health care facilities, see
Safety and Health Topics Page: Healthcare Facilities.