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NIOSH Publication Focuses on Workplace Injuries

Jan 08, 2011

EMS managers may find that a new publication from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) geared for hospitals is very relevant to EMS work environments.
EMS managers may find that a new publication from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) geared for hospitals is very relevant to EMS work environments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [2009], the incidence rate of lost-workday injuries from slips, trips, and falls (STFs) on the same level in hospitals was 38.2 per 10,000 employees, which was 90% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined (20.1 per 10,000 employees). STFs as a whole are the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries in hospitals. This guide provides excellent tips and checklists for assessing and preventing workplace injuries. See Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers.