Healthcare workers are the most assaulted workers in the US. A report from the Government Accountability Office provides the numbers, notes which states have laws on the books to address the problem, and highlights the modest actions taken to-date by federal OSHA.
In a hospital "Code Blue" will shift staff into high gear. "Code Silver" will get their adrenaline pumping, too, but for a very different reason.
Recent pieces address healthcare workers' safety and the research behind controlling Ebola's spread; end-of-life planning; contraception; and more.
Some of the best research published in the last 12 months on worker health and safety topics is profiled in The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2013 - Summer 2014. The third edition of the report was released on Labor Day.
A Massachusetts farmworker and California postal worker collapsed while working and died; Manhattan McDonald's workers and Chicago Dunkin' Donuts workers walked off the job to protest excessive heat. The Senate confirms Obama's nominees for Secretary of Labor and EPA Administrator, while advocates call on those two agencies to do more to protect healthcare workers and farmworkers.
In December 2011, the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division published a proposed rule that would extend minimum-wage and overtime pay protections to the home care workers who assist elderly and disabled patients with their daily needs. (Re-post)
Deborah Sontag’s New York Times story about [...]
Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [...]