updated extensively 5/25/07
health & safety issues
american journal of nursing - december, 2002 - volume 102, issue 12
on the web
the internet provides a wealth of information for controlling hazards.
by susan wilburn, mph, rn
where can i find reliable health and safety information on the internet?
two web sites from the federal agencies:
the occupational safety and health administration (osha),
and the national institute for occupational safety and health (niosh
), are among the best sources on the web for information about health and hazards to health care workers and resources for prevention and control of hazards. following are some other useful sites.
general health and safety
the american nurses association
ana’s health and safety columns in ajn
osha office of occupational health nursing
osha etools and electronic products for compliance assistance
(ecat). helps workers and employers identify and address potential occupational hazards in hospitals by describing standard requirements and safe work practices.
osha workers' pagewhat are my rights under osha? the osh act grants workers important rights.
niosh/health care workers guidelines/title page
women's safety and health issues at work -- from the national ...
american college of occupational and environmental medicine
guidelines for employee health services in health care facilities
the afl-cio health and safety page safety & health at work
the national network of committees on occupational safety and health
, which forms committees around the united states to advocate for health and safety programs.
sustainable hospitals project (shp)
at the university of massachusetts-lowell has a web-based clearinghouse for selecting products and work practices that eliminate or reduce hazards.
hospitals for a healthy environment (h2e)
, a joint project of the ana, the american hospitals association, health care without harm, and the environmental protection agency.
bloodborne pathogens and preventing needlestick injuries
ana’s needlestick prevention
for the management of occupational exposure to hbv, hcv, and hiv and recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis.
on preventing needlestick injuries.
niosh safer medical device implementation
in health care facilities:
national institutes of health consensus statement on hepatitis c
safety feature evaluation forms
and clinical simulations for safer device evaluation and selection.
virginia univ.: epinet
-- statistics about exposures to blood, an epidemiological program for needlestick injury recording, and a list of sharps with engineered safety features.
tuberculosis (tb) and control of airborne pathogens
niosh and cdc respiratory protection program administrator’s guide
cdc guidelines for preventing tb transmission of mycobacterium
osha enforcement policy on tb
safe patient handling and lifting (including no-lift policies)
the department of veterans affairs patient safety center
web site provides background and tools for a comprehensive program of safe patient lifting and handling.
ojin: evidence-based practices for safe patient handling and movement
ana: handle with care campaign
the elimination of manual patient handling to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders
violence in the workplace
osha guidelines for preventing workplace violence for health care and service workers
ana: workplace violence, can you close the door on it?
ana brochure latex allergy:
protect yourself, protect your patients
osha technical information bulletin potential for allergy to natural rubber latex gloves and other natural rubber products
niosh alert—preventing allergic reactions to rubber latex in the workplace
chemicals and hazardous drugs
osha hazardous drugs web page index
with links to guidelines to control exposure to hazardous drugs.
occupational health hazards in hospitals.