There's a new National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities and its launch was recently announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Its purpose is to help to protect employees from the serious health and safety hazards that are commonly found in the medical industry. This is one of the many national emphasis programs created by OSHA to help push outreach efforts and workplace inspections in an effort to reduce work hazards. Through this new program, OSHA will be working with residential care facilities and nursing homes across the country to help to reduce work-related injuries in Asheville and elsewhere.
Residential care facilities and the nursing industry experienced one of the highest rates of lost work days as a result of illnesses and injuries in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The rate for these kinds of cases in this industry was nearly 2.5 times higher than that of all private industry as a whole, despite the ability and availability of feasible controls to address dangers.
Our Asheville workers compensation lawyers understand that a large number of the illnesses and injuries experienced in this industry were attributed to overexertion, falls, slips and trips. These kinds of accidents accounted for more than 60 percent of all of the cases that involved days away from work in 2010. Through the new OSHA program, facilities with the highest days-away-from-work rates will be focused on.
"Our new emphasis program for inspecting these facilities will strengthen protections for society's caretakers," said Dr. David Michaels, with the occupational safety and health.
The NEP will be working to provide guidance to OSHA's compliance staff regarding procedures and policies to help target and conduct inspections routinely. The NAP will also be working to focus in on the specific dangers that come along with residential care and nursing. Workers in the health care field face a number of serious health and safety hazards and deserve safe work conditions.
Some of the serious risks they're exposed to on a daily basis include slips, trips, falls, workplace violence, ergonomic problems related to lifting heavy objects, various communicable diseases, blood and other potentially infectious material as well as the risks associated with exposure to hazardous drugs and chemicals.
Health care workers have touched all of our lives in one way or another. They've helped to care for us personally or have helped to treat someone in each of our families. It's important that these workers are repaid with safe work areas, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because it's federally mandated.
If you, a friend or a family member has been injured or killed in a work-related accident in North Carolina, contact the Carolina Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case. We are a dedicated law firm that is here to help to protect the rights of injured employees and their families. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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