The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that the agency is expanding its use of enforcement resources in hospitals and nursing homes to focus on:
- Musculoskeletal disorders MSD) related to patient or resident handling
- Bloodborne pathogens
- Workplace violence
- Slips, trips and falls
According to OSHA, U.S. hospitals recorded nearly 58,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2013, amounting to 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees: almost twice as high as the overall rate for private industry.