ANA Poised to Speak Out on the Need to Protect Nurses from Disabling Back Injuries
Last week the Department of Labor (DOL) announced in the Federal Register three public forums "to discuss possible approaches to addressing ergonomic hazards in the workplace." A long-awaited DOL standard on Ergonomics was repealed by both houses of Congress last spring and leaves nurses unprotected from disabling
back injuries. Worker advocacy groups, including ANA, recently petitioned the Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao to again take up the issue of ergonomics and have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue a standard.
The public forums on ergonomics will be held on July 16 and 17 at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, July 20 at the University of Chicago and July 24 at Stanford University in California. Information can be found at the OSHA web site http://www.osha-slc.gov/ergonomics-standard/index.html.
ANA submitted our notice of intent to speak at the hearings and is awaiting confirmation of the location and time. We will once again be calling upon nurses to communicate the need for a strong, preventive standard to prevent disabling back injuries among nurses to the regulatory agencies and congress. Watch for upcoming notices on www.NursingWorld.com
Jul 1, '01
Hello I am a work injuried nurse from the uk who has been working with a work injuried nurse in America to get the issue of nurses with back injuries in America getting some suport from their nursing unions like we have in the UK.
We have formed a group called "BIN There" and as yet have had no replay from the ANA as to supporting nurses. I an a activist within my nursing union in the UK the union is Royal Collage of Nursing (RCN) and they have a forum with in for disabled nurses but they do alot more than just a talking shop . this forum is called WING (work injuried nurses group)
Anne and myself have got a discussion forum set up on the Phli-e-slide site, they offered us this space on their web site not to advitise their products but because they too belive in preventing nurses from back injuries.
Please come and look at our discussion forum and join in at present our voices is but a wisper in the wilderness, their are lots of little wispers going on around America lets join together and let the wisper become louder and that way nurses will not be wasted, I was forced to leave nursing at first because of my injurie now I am back working in a new field of nursing but I have nurses who even through are wheelchair user she is still working in ER, as a fully active member of the team with adjustments made for her disability. and there are others.
Help use to get BIN There off the ground and to get the ANA to support the formation of this group. Work injuried nurses who are no longer working but wish to stay part of the RCN can do so through WING. They may have been forced to leave nursing hands on but they can still remain active withing the RCN if they wish by been part of WING.
Back Injuried Nurse
Don't Fllow Me
Last edit by Maria uk on Jul 1, '01