OSHA Recognizes Changes to Work Hazards with New Practices for Safety and Health Programs

November 4, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​In the national work environment, "much has changed" since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) originally published workplace safety guidelines in 1989, states David Michaels, PhD, MPH, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, in the foreword to the agency's updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. As examples, Michaels cites automation of work with technologies that introduce new hazards, an aging workforce, increases in sedentary work and lifestyles, and growing recognition that in industries perceived as "safe"—such as healthcare—workers actually face significant hazards.

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