The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources alliance with OSHA provides health care workers and others in the health care industry with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety.
The organizations work together to specifically address reducing and preventing exposure to biological and airborne hazards in health care, and addressing emergency preparedness, ergonomics, workplace violence and other health care worker safety issues.
OSHA UPDATE: NEW REPORTING REQUIREMENTS START JANUARY 1
Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Read more at www.OHSA.gov
OSHA Worker Safety in Hospitals Program Launched Online
OSHA's new website provides self-assessments, best practice guides, a safe patient handling program checklist and more that hospitals can use to safeguard their employees and patients alike.
Goals of the Alliance
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers through the publication of three Environment of Care News articles per year.
To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health care worker safety related issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Outreach and Communication
To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information [e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and The Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) websites] to employers and workers in the health care industry.
To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding The Joint Commission/JCR best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by The Joint Commission/JCR through OSHA or The Joint Commission/JCR developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or The Joint Commission/JCR conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the JCR Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference.