Yearly Archives: 2017


Study Shows Rise in Sharps Injuries, Body Fluid Exposures

Houston, TX – Despite an increase in sharps injuries and exposure to blood and bodily fluids, many health care workers are not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, recent data from the International Safety Center shows. Researchers analyzed 2015 surveillance data from hospitals that participate voluntarily in ISC’s Exposure Prevention Information Network – a system that tracks occupational exposures Read the full article…


Serious Workplace Hazards at Psychiatric Hospital

BOSTON, MA – A Massachusetts behavioral health facility faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations found while conducting a follow-up inspection. On June 29, 2017, OSHA issued UHS of Westwood Pembroke, Inc. – doing business as Lowell Treatment Center – a notification Read the full article…


NIOSH Updates Ergonomics Guide to Prevent Work-related MSDs

The NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Research Program recently updated Elements of Ergonomics Programs, a guide intended to help employers, workers, and others design effective ergonomics programs to prevent work-related MSDs. MSDs are soft-tissue injuries caused by sudden or sustained exposure to repetitive motion, force, vibration, and awkward positions. These disorders can Read the full article…


Tragedy Averted Following Chlorine Leak at Public Pool

DURHAM, NC – Dozens of children were enjoying their summer break at the YMCA pool when they were suddenly told to get out of the water. One child told authorities that “everyone came out coughing, choking and spitting, feeling light-headed”. They were also complaining of nausea and breathing issues. Over 40 children Read the full article…

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