8/5/2013

In 2010, the health care industry had more nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses than any other U.S. sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite these injury rates, a Public Citizen report found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts almost 20 times more inspections in construction workplaces than in health care facilities. The agency responded in a statement, saying that it does not have "resources to move forward on all rule-making necessary to address all the pressing workplace health and safety hazards." ANA has published standards for safe patient handling and mobility. "We can't afford to lose health care workers to injury and still meet rising demands for health care services," said Suzy Harrington, director of ANA's Department for Health, Safety and Wellness.

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