Nursing Homes and Personal Care Facilities
Safety and Health Programs
Implementation of workplace safety and health programs is an essential factor in reducing the extent and severity of work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA's experience in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has also indicated that effectively managing safety and health protection programs can reduce workers' compensation costs and improve employee morale and productivity. The following references were selected to assist in developing a safety and health program for nursing homes and personal care facilities.
- Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. OSHA Publication 3885, (October 2016). OSHA updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The Recommended Practices are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings and present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program.
- Job Hazard Analysis. OSHA Publication 3071, (Revised 2002). Explains what a job hazard analysis is and offers guidelines to help employers conduct their own step-by-step analysis.
- $afety Pays Program. OSHA. Assists employers in estimating the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the impact on a company's profitability.
- Safety and Health Management Program Guidelines; Issuance of Voluntary Guidelines. OSHA Federal Register Notice 54:3904-3916, (January 26, 1989). Provides safety and health program management guidelines for use by employers to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.
- Business Case for Safety and Health. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Provides information on how an effective safety and health program can improve an organization's productivity and profitability.
- Additional Information
- Ergonomics: Success Stories. OSHA. OSHA collected these accounts from health services including nursing home employers that have implemented ergonomics programs or used best practices with successful results.
- "OSHA Releases Nursing Home Guidelines." Job Safety & Health Quarterly (JSHQ) 14.3 (Spring 2003). OSHA released its ergonomics guidelines for nursing homes, and is making steady progress in implementing its ergonomics strategy.
- "Caring for Caregivers at Braxton." Job Safety & Health Quarterly (JSHQ) 14.3 (Spring 2003).