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OSHA Alliance

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 Requires Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Data 

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OSHA Requires Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Data 
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now requires employers—including many health care organizations—to report Form 300A data electronically. All covered organizations must submit their calendar year 2017 information by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered organizations must submit the information by March 2. 
 
Form 300A is a summary of serious work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in the organization during each calendar year. Covered organizations include those with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, as well as organizations with 20 to 249 employees that are classified as being in industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. 
 
OSHA provides a secure website that offers the following three options for data submission: 
  1. Manually entering data into a web form 

  2. Uploading a comma-separated values (CSV) file to enter data for a single organization or multiple organizations at the same time 

  3. Transmitting data electronically using an application programming interface (for users of automated record-keeping systems) 

OSHA published a final rule on this reporting process in 2016. More information is available on the OSHA website.
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.
  • alliance_logoGoals 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.