Prevention through design in health care settings: NIOSH program makes strides in protecting workers.
Heidel-DS; Collins-JW; Stewart-EJ
Synergist 2009 Nov; 20(10):27-31
Health care is the second-fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing more than 12 million workers. Health-care workers are exposed to infectious agents; chemical agents, including hazardous drugs and anesthetic gases; physical agents, including ionizing radiation; ergonomic hazards associated with lifting and repetitive tasks; and workplace violence. Health-care workers also experience higher rates of occupational injuries and illnesses than workers in all private industry. Recordable and lost-time injury rates for health-care workers in hospitals and nursing and residential care are particularly high. A number of initiatives provide compelling evidence that the health care and social assistance sector presents significant opportunities for injury and illness reduction from PtD (Prevention Through Design).
Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Equipment-design; Ergonomics; Exposure-methods; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Health-services; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Risk-analysis; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-operations; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
Journal Article; Lay Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance