Today’s topic is the National Emphasis Program (NEP) that OSHA conducted for healthcare from 2012 – 2015. These programs are a vehicle for OSHA to shine a laser focus on particular areas of healthcare operations that lead to injury (and potentially lawsuits). These NEPs help them gather data and validate areas where we need to do a better job of training and protecting our workforce.
During OSHA’s three-year study, they analyzed 1,100 nursing and residential care facilities and focused on the following areas:
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) relating to patient or resident handling
- Workplace violence (WPV)
- Bloodborne pathogens (BBP)
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Slips, trips and falls (STFs)
In 2013 alone, they found that 20% of all injuries reported occurred among workers in our healthcare settings, the highest number of such injuries reported for all private industries. I’ve provided a link below to the Inspection Guidance document from OSHA. It provides an overview of the study as well as the results for each of those targeted areas.
Now why am I choosing this particular topic today?
I want to help everyone understand how Relias Learning helps you be prepared for these initiatives, not just for the findings, but also in real time as they are happening.
Thanks to our regulatory department (who are worth their weight in GOLD, by the way), we knew when that NEP was being conducted. We added a slide to all the courses that were listed above to let everyone know the NEP was going on. An ounce of prevention, right?
And now that the results are in, we wanted to share that information as well. Hence this blog post. And we went the extra mile to add an ending slide to all those courses just this month to let our workers know of the findings. The more we know, the safer we’ll be!
And one more good thing…if you look into the link I’ve provided below… you’ll see where OSHA also advised that instruction on hazardous drugs be included too! And boom…just like that…the content is included in our courses. You’re welcome!
So don’t ever worry that our courses are not current, up to date or missing important information. Since we are all former senior care executives, we know we can’t help you if we aren’t up to date. It’s our passion, our calling and our promise to you.
Thanks for all you do, and keep it safe out there!