OSHA Safety & Health Topic: Healthcare Facilities
: OSHA topic page on occupational risks and injury rates among healthcare workers. Includes subpages on Safe Patient Handling, Workplace Violence, and other topics.
OSHA Resource: Worker Safety In Hospitals
: OSHA pages specifically addressing worker safety in health in the hospital setting.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Industries at a Glance: Healthcare and Social
: BLS workforce description and statistics about the Healthcare and Social Assistance sector.
Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling
Program in the Acute Care Setting (AOHP Publication)
: (2011): Resources for creating safe patient handling programs in acute care settings.
University of Virginia: EpiNet
: EPINet is a software program used by healthcare facilities since 1991 to track needlestick and blood/body fluid exposure events. This program is no longer active, and many of its activities have transitioned to NIOSH; however, this website contains many useful resources and historical data.
Premier Safety Institute
: Part of Premier, a healthcare alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 86,000 other healthcare sites working to improve healthcare quality and affordability, the website provides safety resources and tools to promote a safe healthcare delivery environment for patients, workers, and their communities.
The Joint Commission, Improving Patient and Worker Safety- Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation
: This monograph is intended to stimulate greater awareness of the potential synergies between patient and worker health and safety activities. Using actual case studies, it describes a range of topic areas and settings for improving patient safety and worker health and safety activities. Specific topics covered include: musculoskeletal injuries/safe patient handling; slips, trips, and falls; sharps injuries; exposure to hazardous substances; workplace violence; workforce staffing and fatigue; and support for work-related emotional distress.
American Nurses Association Health and Safety Page
: The American Nurses Association Department of Health, Safety, and Wellness addresses multiple topics of interest, including:
- Bullying and Violence Prevention
- Chemicals, Drugs, and Biohazard Safety
- Safe Patient Handling and Mobility
- Safe Staffing
- Sharps Safety