Nursing Homes and Personal Care Facilities

Hazards and Solutions

The information below provides a list of the most prevalent hazards in this industry and possible solutions for hazards associated with working in nursing homes and personal care facilities.

Assistance Identifying Workplace Hazards

 

Musculoskeletal Disorders

The following provide guidelines to help you identify areas in your workplaces where musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) may be a concern. It also offers recommendations for developing procedures to reduce the risks.

 

Bloodborne Pathogens/Needlesticks

 

The following provide information to help you identify areas in your workplace where needlesticks and Bloodborne pathogens hazards may be a concern. Also, links to tools you can use to come into compliance with the OSHA requirements are included below.

 

Tuberculosis (TB)

 

The following provide guidelines to help you evaluate your workplace for exposure to tuberculosis and recommendations for developing procedures to reduce the risks.

 

Workplace Violence

 

 

Slips, Trips and Falls

 

The following provide tools to help in your evaluation of slip, trip and fall hazards in your workplace and guidance on preventing falls in nursing homes.

 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

 

MRSA infections occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and other healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems.

 

Chemicals/Hazardous Drugs

 

The following provide tools to help in your evaluation of chemical hazards in your workplace and offer links to recommended solutions.

  • Hospital. OSHA eTool.
    • Dietary. Assists in identifying possible solutions for exposures to disinfectants and other chemicals found in the dietary department.
    • Laundry. Assists in identifying possible solutions for exposures to disinfectants and other chemicals found in the laundry department.
    • Engineering (Maintenance). Assists in identifying possible solutions for exposures to disinfectants and other chemicals found in the maintenance department.
    • Pharmacy. Assists in recognizing hazards associated with hazardous drugs.
  • Hazard Communication. Implement a written program which meets the requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard to provide for worker training, warning labels, and access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Update on Hazardous Drugs. OSHA, (August 1, 2016). A recent systematic review of existing programs and requirements.
  • For additional information, see OSHA's Hazardous Drugs Safety and Health Topics Page.