• OSHA Press Release 2011

    Wednesday January 4, 2012

    OSHA to Focus on Nursing Home

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will soon launch the National Emphasis Program on Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities. This is in response to what OSHA sees as higher than average incidents of occupational injuries and illnesses among health care support workers. Through this initiative, they will increase inspections of these facilities, focusing on back injuries from resident handling or lifting patients; exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases; workplace violence; and slips, trips and falls.

    See OSHA Press Release 2011 for more details.  

    OSHA Publishes New and Updated Materials on Worker Safety and Health

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published new and updated educational brochures on a number of topics including workers' rights, employers' rights following an OSHA inspection, as well as how to protect workers from hazards in the construction, general and maritime industries. OSHA's Worker' Rights booklet describes the rights to which workers are legally entitled under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The booklet, Employer Rights and Responsibilities Following an OSHA Inspection, reviews what happens after an inspection and is provided to employers during an OSHA inspection. The agency also recently published an updated Construction Industry Digest, and a new Small Entity Compliance Guide for Respiratory Protection Standard, Laboratory Safety Guidance, a series of new QuickCards and new publications to help protect construction, general industry and shipyard workers. Please call 1-800-321-OSHA or (202) 693-1999 to order copies or visit OSHA's Publications page: http://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.AthruZ?pType=AthruZ)  to order online.

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