Although we strive to create a safe work environment for you, the risk of workplace violence in any health care facility remains a serious safety and health issue. Violence can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the health care sector leads all other industries with 45 percent of all nonfatal assaults against workers resulting in time off work.
Hospital work often requires coping with some of the most stressful situations found in any workplace. On a daily basis, you must deal with life-threatening illnesses and injuries, tight schedules, paperwork, intricate equipment, demanding patients and death. Taking steps to relieve job-related stress is important to protect your mental and physical health as well as to ensure success on the job.
Active involvement with patients is the first step to avoiding medical malpractice. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 7,000 people die each year from medication errors in hospitals. Avoiding these serious mistakes starts with you, the health care professional.
High-profile cyber attacks on companies such as Target and Sears have raised awareness of the growing threat of cyber crime. Recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, Symantec, Kaspersky Lab and the National Cybersecurity Alliance suggest that many small business owners are still operating under a false sense of cyber security.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), creating a strong safety culture has the single greatest impact on accident reduction of any workplace practice. This is why developing a safety culture should be a top priority for the managers and supervisors at your organization.
There are countless eye hazards on a construction site, including particles that have been ejected from a tool or blown by the wind. Chemical splashes and swinging objects can also be eye hazards on a worksite. However, most eye injuries are preventable if you follow simple safety precautions and always wear your safety goggles.
As Hurricane Ian approaches the western coast of Florida, forecasts warn of a potentially life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds, heavy rain, flooding and possible tornadoes. Weather experts expect Ian to make landfall between Tampa Bay and Cape Coral late Wednesday, Sept. 28, into the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 29.
Your ears are very sensitive. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can lead to permanent hearing damage and even cause you to go deaf. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that workers use hearing protection should noise levels reach or exceed 85 decibels across an eight-hour workday.
Cyberattacks are increasing in the construction industry. These attacks can shut down business operations, cause reputational damage and result in costly litigation and fines.
“Hot work” refers to any task that involves burning, welding, or the use of fire- or spark-producing tools, or actions that generate sources of ignition. On an oil job site, there are numerous potential hazards, including well heads, fuel tanks, mud tanks, tank batteries, gas separators, and oil treaters.