At a Glance

"A weak culture of worker safety" in healthcare appears to have finally got OSHA's attention. With few OSHA inspections and low penalties, 14 million healthcare workers continually record some of the highest injury rates in the nation, costing the industry $10 billion per year. Provider and patient populations continue to grow, and millions of healthcare-associated infections and fatalities each year demonstrate the link between worker and patient safety. Beginning in 2012, targeted inspections and Regional and National Emphasis programs are aiming potentially thousands of additional inspections at nursing, residential and ambulatory care facilities with hospitals not far behind.

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