Culture and Workforce Safety

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Nurse lifting female patient into wheelchair Hospitals are one of the most hazardous workplaces in the country; there are more injuries to hospital workers than to manufacturing or construction workers each year, and the rate of work-related injury and illness in hospitals is nearly double the rate in private industry overall. This harm to workers also results in hospitals having some of the highest rates of lost work days in all of private industry. Making hospitals safer places to work also increases patient safety and satisfaction.1

  1. Caring for our caregivers: facts about hospital worker safety. OSHA, Sept. 2013. https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/documents/1.2_Factbook_508.pdf

In 2014, nine WSHA member hospitals collaborated to develop and test best practices for keeping workers safe and for promoting a culture of safety. Their rapid cycle improvement work was successful – together, they were able to reduce their worker injury rate by 10% in 9 months using the best practice bundles below. WSHA invites hospitals to use the tools and resources below to enhance safety for both workers and patients.

Tools and Resources

Engaging Leadership and Transforming Culture
Engaging Workers
Ergonomics Checklists
Establishing Your Safe Patient Handling Program
Patient Assessment
Safety Equipment
Safety Policy
Safety Training
Sustaining Programs
Topic Specific Resource Lists
Webcasts
Workplace Violence
Useful Links

Engaging Leadership and Transforming Culture

  • Patient Safety: Transforming Culture – Effective Leadership for the Delivery of Health Services Toolkit
  • Executive Rounds for Safety Toolkit
  • Executive Rounding Video

Engaging Workers

  • Time for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Video

Ergonomics Checklists

Establishing Your Safe Patient Handling Program

Patient Assessment

Safety Equipment

Safety Policy

Safety Training

Sustaining Programs

Topic Specific Resource Lists

Webcasts

Workplace Violence

Useful Links

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