General Healthcare Safety

Date Added Resource Source
Sep 2015

Oregon OSHA Local Emphasis Program: Hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities (PDF)

This instruction, revised on September 21, 2015, describes policies and procedures for enforcement efforts to reduce occupational illness and injury in hospitals and nursing and residential care

(Oregon OSHA)
May 2015

Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet Plus: Compressed Gas Safety (PDF)

The fact sheet provided by Oregon OSHA has been updated, and includes information on safe handling and use, general industrial requirements and more.

(Oregon OSHA)
May 2014

Supervision in Health Care

Supervisors in health care are often unaware that they are responsible for their workers' safety. These videos help supervisors learn what they need to do to ensure the safety of their staff. The introductory video provides general information on supervision in health care, and three subsequent videos portray typical situations that supervisors might encounter.

(WorkSafe Online - Workers' Compensation Board of BC)
May 2014

Ensuring Staff Are Safe and Healthy: The Role of Health Care Supervisors (PDF)

The book explains how supervisors in health care settings can contribute to workplace health and safety. It will be useful for employers, supervisors, educators, joint occupational health and safety committee members, and worker representatives in acute, residential, home, and community care.

Feb 2014

Worker Safety in Hospitals - Caring for our Caregivers

OSHA created a suite of resources to help hospitals assess workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their safe patient handling programs. Preventing worker injuries not only helps workers—it also helps patients and will save resources for hospitals.

Jan 2013

OSHA's Clinicians Web Page

Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals often encounter work-related health and safety questions as they care for their patients. This web page provides information, resources and links to help clinicians navigate OSHA’s web site and aid clinicians in caring for workers.

Feb 2012

Occupational Exposures Among Nurses and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion

A new NIOSH study finds a greater-than-expected risk of miscarriages among nurses, associated with occupational exposures to hazardous drugs.

Dec 2011

NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Health Care Workers

Health care is the second-fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 12 million workers. Women represent nearly 80% of the health care work force.

Oct 2011

World Health Organization: Patient Safety Curriculum Guide

The WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide team has provided information tools to support the introduction of patient safety topics into existing university curricula.

Jul 2011

NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Health Care Workers

Health care is the second-fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 12 million workers. This page provides resources specific to workplace health and safety concerns in healthcare.

Mar 2010

Healthcare and Social Assistance - Advancing priorities through research and partnerships (PDF)

Most people think of the Healthcare and Social Assistance (HCSA) industry as providing clean, sterile and safe places to work. In reality, HCSA workers are exposed to many hazards that can affect their health and well-being. Their work exposes them to life threatening infections, such as SARS, HIV and hepatitis. They work with highly toxic cancer treating drugs and various chemical agents.

Aug 2009

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Correctional Health Care Workers

NIOSH's new web page addresses special health and safety concerns related to health care workers working in correctional facilities.

Oct 2008

OSHA Hospital eTool

OSHA's eTools are stand-alone, Web-based t raining tools on occupational safety and health topics. The new sonography and updated surgical modules are now featured in OSHA's Hospital eTool. The surgical module now features updated information on bloodborne pathogens, waste anesthetic gases, laser safety, and other topics related to workplace safety and health in surgical suites.

Aug 2007

Health Care Industry Quick Start

Follow the steps below to identify some of the major OSHA requirements and guidance materials that may apply to your health care facility. These steps will lead you to resources on OSHA's Web site that will help you comply with OSHA requirements and prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

Feb 2006

WorkSafe BC topic page: Health Care

Welcome to the Safety at Work centre for the Health Care industry. Your online resource to help prevent accidents and injuries.

(WorkSafe Online - Workers' Compensation Board of BC)
Aug 2005

Occupational Deaths among Healthcare Workers (PDF)

Recent experiences with severe acute respiratory syndrome and the US smallpox vaccination program have demonstrated the vulnerability of healthcare workers to occupationally acquired infectious diseases. However, despite acknowledgment of risk, the occupational death rate for healthcare workers is unknown.

Jun 2005

The Global Occupatonal Health Network Newsletter - Issue No. 8, Winter 2005 (PDF)

This GOHNET issue is very fascinating as on the one hand it touches on a large group of workers which is very vulnerable to contract occupational diseases; and on the other hand, many of us are neither aware of the concrete dangers that health car workers face every day nor how to band these.

Jul 2004

Occupational health for Healthcare Providers
Jan 2003

NIOSH: Healthcare Worker Safety

Includes info and publications on: Biological Hazards: Bloodborne Pathogens, Biological Hazards, Tuberculosis, Ethylene Oxide, Glutaraldehyde, Latex, Nitrous Oxide, Ergonomics, Violence, Psychosocial Hazards, Surveillance

Jan 2003

OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Healthcare Facilities

Health Care Facilities include hospitals, clinics, dental offices, out-patient surgery centers, birthing centers and nursing homes.