July 14, 2023

Registration for Safe + Sound Week, requests for an OSHA standard on safe patient handling and more

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Registration opens for Safe + Sound Week

Each year, OSHA partners with several other safety agencies and organizations to promote awareness of workplace safety and health programs in a national initiative. This year’s Safe + Sound Week is scheduled for August 7-13 and will focus on mental health and well-being. Organizations can register for the event on OSHA's website.

Ergo group requests OSHA standard on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in health care

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is calling on OSHA to introduce a standard on safe patient handling and mobility. The organization’s research shows that over 50% of health care employees who interact with patients report MSD-related pain. To protect and retain employees, the organization is requesting mandated workplace programs that prioritize the use of lifting and transferring equipment.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Staying safe while transporting passengers

According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, over 350 taxi and limousine drivers suffered violent deaths between 2003 and 2013. To help protect drivers, NIOSH offers several tips in a Fast Facts article, including installing barriers, investing in technology, utilizing communications and posting signage.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Preparing for medical emergencies in the workplace

A recent episode of EHS on Tap discusses preparing for medical emergencies in the workplace. Dr. Charlton, an emergency medicine physician, provides his tips for preparing for common medical emergencies. He also discusses training considerations as well as equipment and supplies to keep in the office.

Seven tips for mining safety

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) provides seven tips for mining safety and health. Tips include wearing respiratory protection, watching for overhead power lines, preventing vehicle rollover accidents and more. 

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