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Did you know that a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work? In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees. This is almost twice the rate for private industry as a whole.

OSHA created a suite of resources to help hospitals assess workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their safe patient handling programs. Preventing worker injuries not only helps workers—it also helps patients and will save resources for hospitals. Download the overview* and explore the links below to learn more about the resources available.

  • Fitting Puzzle Pieces Together

    Understanding the Problem

    Hospitals are hazardous workplaces and face unique challenges that contribute to the risk of injury and illness.

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  • Management Systems

    Safety & Health Management Systems

    A safety and health management system can help build a culture of safety, reduce injuries, and save money.

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  • Safe Patient Handling

    Safe Patient Handling

    Safe patient handling programs, policies, and equipment can help cost-effectively reduce the biggest cause of workplace injuries.

    Learn More

Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance at (202) 693-1950 for assistance accessing DOC, EPS, GIF, MP4, PDF, PPT or XLS documents.

*These files are provided for downloading.

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