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Title: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
Edition: 13th (2019)
Author: DeCenzo, Robbins and Verhulst
Publisher: Wiley Book
Chapter 13: “Ensuring a Safe and Health Work Environment”
Explain the purpose of OSHA and how employers can create safe work environments in healthcare. What safety concerns have you seen in the news related to healthcare facilities.
List sources of stress in the workplace that can lead to unsatisfied employees and possible union organization?*
In two different paragraph using their same reference give your personal opinion to Pearl Patel and Breanne Munday
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 by Congress to help ensure facilities are safe by enforcing standards and providing workers with training, outreach, education and assistance.
“Did you know that a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work? In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees. This is almost twice the rate for private industry as a whole (United States Department of Labor, n.d).” Healthcare facilities can be hazardous because of lifting/moving patients, slips, falls, combative patients/visitors, etc. An effective way healthcare facilities can create a safe work environment is implementing a safety and health management system. This system is a proactive process that finds and fixes hazards before employees become ill or injured. Implementing a safety and health management system will benefit the facility by improving quality of patient care, protecting workers, and saving money.
A safety concern that has been present in the news today is hand hygiene; a lack of proper hand hygiene has been linked to many infections and deaths.
Department of Labor logo UNITED STATESDEPARTMENT OF LABOR. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/aboutosha
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to help employers and employees to reduce injuries at workplace. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. Employee and employer must keep workplace safe. To keep workplace safe employer must have instruction on how work should be performed safely. Examine workplace condition to make sure they are updated to OSHA standards. Using color codes and labels or signs to warn employees or potential hazard. Employer must provide safety training, establish operating procedure and post OSHA poster within the workplace informing employees rights and responsibilities. Most important is safety of healthcare workers and patients. During this pandemic it is has become extremely hard for healthcare workers to work with limited to almost no PPE or use only one per shift. It is a safety concern for everyone. Everyone working in healthcare and other industries currently require PPE for everyone’s safety. This has becoming an issue as everyone is trying to get the PPEs and healthcare workers require it to treat patient efficiently and keep themselves, patients and their family members safe.
(n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/Publications/about-osha/3302-06N-2006-English.html
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/employer-responsibility.html
Meyer, H. (2020, March 27). Some healthcare workers need stronger COVID-19 protections. Retrieved from https://www.modernhealthcare.com/labor/some-healthcare-workers-need-stronger-covid-19-protections
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