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.
OSHA Electronic Submission
OSHA has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). The rule has been published in the Federal Register.
OSHA has determined that this rule will benefit worker privacy by preventing routine government collection of sensitive information, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and the body parts affected, thereby avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act or through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application. The rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain these forms as needed through inspections and enforcement actions.
OSHA is also amending the record keeping regulation to require covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number with their information from Form 300A. See the OSHA news release for more information.
OSHA Worker Safety in Hospitals Program Launched Online
OSHA's 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.