Workplace safety in healthcare: Identifying the problem

The healthcare industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illness, and the impact is great. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the number of days healthcare workers are away from work is higher than both construction and manufacturing — industries traditionally believed to be more hazardous. OSHA also reports workers’ compensation losses result in a total annual expense of $2 billion for hospitals alone.

The healthcare industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illness, and the impact is great. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the number of days healthcare workers are away from work is higher than both construction and manufacturing — industries traditionally believed to be more hazardous. OSHA also reports workers’ compensation losses result in a total annual expense of $2 billion for hospitals alone.

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Workplace safety in healthcare: Identifying the problem