Safety of your employees and your facility is a major concern and James G. Parker Insurance Associates is positioned to be your partner in ensuring your employees receive adequate safety training.
Health care workers face a number of serious safety and health hazards. They include bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards, potential chemical and drug exposures, waste anesthetic gas exposures, respiratory hazards, ergonomic hazards from lifting and repetitive tasks, laser hazards, workplace violence, hazards associated with laboratories, and radioactive material and x-ray hazards.
Some of the potential chemical exposures include formaldehyde, used for preservation of specimens for pathology; ethylene oxide, glutaraldehyde, and paracetic acid used for sterilization; and numerous other chemicals used in healthcare laboratories.
Feasible controls are available to address hazards within this industry. Our team of Safety Consultants are available to work with you in developing a well-executed safety plan and provide the support needed to protect your employees from work related injuries.
Industry Specific Safety Programs (English & Spanish):
- Accident Investigation
- Back Safety
- Ergonomics – Audits & Training, Claim Review
- Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness – Certification
- Needle Sticks
- Healthcare Safety
- CA Sexual Harassment Training
- Employee Handbooks
- IIPP Review
- Preventing Workplace Violence
Safe Patient Handling — Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes (PDF*). OSHA Publication 3108, (2014, February).
National Emphasis Program – Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (NAICS 623110, 623210 and 623311). OSHA Instruction CPL 03-00-016, (2012, April 5). Sets forth policy and procedures for targeting and conducting programmed inspections in this industry. The specific hazards being addressed include ergonomic stressors in patient lifting, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis, workplace violence, and slips, trips and falls.
Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents. OSHA Instruction CPL 02-01-052, (2011, September 8). Establishes general policy guidance and procedures for field offices to apply when conducting inspections in response to incidents of workplace violence.
Ergonomics: Guidelines for Nursing Homes. OSHA, (2013, March 13). Provide recommendations for nursing home employers to help reduce the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their facilities.
Nursing Home eTool. OSHA. Designed to assist employers and employees in identifying and controlling the hazards associated with nursing homes and residential care facilities
Quick Reference Information (OSHA Fact Sheets)
- OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (PDF*)
- Protecting Yourself When Handling Contaminated Sharps (PDF*)
- Protective Equipment (PPE) Reduces Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (PDF*)
- Hepatitis B Vaccination Protection (PDF*)
- Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Incidents (PDF*)
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccination (PDF*)
Hazards and Solutions
The information below provides a list of the most prevalent hazards in this industry and possible solutions for hazards associated with working in nursing homes and personal care facilities.