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Assisted Living Workers Compensation: Employee Safety in Nursing Homes

Assisted Living Workers Compensation Employee Safety in Nursing HomesAssisted Living Workers Compensation: Employee Safety in Nursing Homes

In July of 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a campaign to reduce the number of musculoskeletal injuries among long-term care workers. Nurses continue to experience high rates of injury related to manual handling of patients, despite previous efforts to improve healthcare worker safety. MaryAnn Garrahan, OSHA regional administrator in Philadelphia, stated that their goal is “to assist nursing homes and long-term care facilities in promoting effective processes to prevent injuries.”

This OSHA initiative came on the heels of new national standards for safe patient handling from the American Nurses Association and a related bill in the House of Representatives. The “Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act” was introduced in June by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). While purchasing assisted living workers compensation insurance will protect your nursing home financially should a claim occur, these regulations aim to physically protect your nursing home staff and encourage employee safety in nursing homes.

Aside from physical injuries, however, nursing home and health care workers face a number of other serious safety and health hazards. This includes bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards, potential chemical and drug exposures, waste anesthetic gas exposures, respiratory hazards, ergonomic hazards from lifting and repetitive tasks, workplace violence, and more.

In the U.S., more than 3 million people are employed in nursing and residential care facilities. As you are likely aware, it’s a demanding career that deserves a lot of praise. Be sure to encourage safe practices within your facility to protect your employees’ health, and potentially avoid an assisted living workers compensation claim.

At DigniCARE and K&B Underwriters, we’re committed to helping you foster an environment that promotes safety and helps prevent injuries and accidents among your staff. When you become a K&B DigniCARE client, you will have access to a number of risk management tools to help you with your Healthcare, Nursing Home, and Assisted Living Workers Compensation Insurance needs. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 883-6306.

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