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OSHA Cracking Down on Healthcare Facilities

On June 25, OSHA announced it was going to focus on injury prevention procedures and equipment used in hospitals and nursing care centers by doing inspections on these facilities to determine whether they are doing what is necessary to keep their employees safe. According to the memo (https://www.osha.gov/dep/enforcement/inpatient_insp_06252015.html), they found “Inpatient healthcare settings to have some of the highest rates of injury and illness among industries for which nationwide injury and illness rates were calculated for Calendar Year 2013…and for every 100 full-time employees, almost twice as high as the rate for private industry as a whole.” Their National Emphasis Program on this industry was completed between 2012 & 2015. The result was that they felt their efforts should continue in reducing hazards such as ergonomic hazards as well as other hazards such as Bloodborne Pathogens, Workplace Violence, and Slips, Trips and Falls. Their effort to reduce these hazards could come in the form of an “alert letter” or worse, citations.

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Judge Rules in Favor of EMPLOYER

Judge Rules in Favor of EMPLOYER

Recently a court case was brought to my attention. A worker for the US Postal Service had filed a complaint with the EEOC that she was discriminated against for having a disability. This employee initially suffered a non-work related injury to her leg and was out of work for some time. She then returned to work and suffered a work-related injury to the same leg. Subsequently she was given a “piece of paper” by her physician that stated she was released to return to regular work.

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They Withdrew the Job Offer for What?

They Withdrew the Job Offer for What?

The WorkSTEPS test is an objective assessment tool; either a candidate can perform the job safely or they cannot, or they have a medical condition that makes them at imminent risk if placed. However, there are other reasons a candidate may receive a less-than-flattering report that results in the employer rescinding a job offer. These include Uncooperative Attitude and Falsification or Withholding of Information.

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