OSHA announces new National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

Injuries that cause lost work days occur at an alarming rate in nursing homes and residential care facilities.The recent press release from OSHA (attached) regarding safety in these settings identifies specific hazards which include: exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material; exposure to other communicable diseases such as tuberculosis; ergonomic stressors related to lifting patients; workplace violence; and slips, trips and falls. Workers also may be exposed to hazardous chemicals and drugs. Recognizing the risks faced by nursing staff, the American Association for LTC Nursing has made safety a high priority and has been proactive in educating nursing staff on the health hazards they face through its unique LTC Safety Specialist Certification program. Available as an independent study program online or in hard copy, AALTCN’s LTC Safety Certification program provides education on every work health hazard mentioned in OSHA’s press release. Individuals who successfully complete the program and pass the exam with a score of at least an 80% will be awarded a certificate of completion. The program also provides 12 nursing contact hours. Please see the link provided for more details.

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