On April 2, 2015, Thomas Galassi, Director of the Directorate of Enforcement for OSHA, sent a memorandum
to all Regional Directors announcing that the agency's National Emphasis Program on Nursing and Residential Care Facilities would be extended until replaced by updated guidance or removed by the agency. Mr. Galassi went on to state that, because the health care industry reports more work-related injuries and illnesses than any other general industry,
the Agency will continue to use both enforcement and collaborative efforts to address hazards such as musculoskeletal disorders from lifting patients or residents, exposures to tuberculosis, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, and slips, trips and falls. We are advising you of the Agency's intent to soon issue updated guidance that instructs OSHA offices to allocate enforcement and other resources to additional inpatient healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals that have occupational illness and injury rates above the industry average.
For the full blog post by our colleague Valerie Butera
, please visit the OSHA Law Update