OSHA Launching National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Nursing Home and Residential Care Facilities — Focus on Musculoskeletal Disorders

This week, OSHA announced it plans to launch an NEP on Nursing Home and Residential Care Facilities in response to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows the incident rate for non-fatal injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work for various health care support workers increased between 6% – 7%, while the rate of musculoskeletal disorder cases for with days away from work health care support workers increased 10%.

In real numbers, those percentages equate to about 250 cases per 10,000 workers.

OSHA Director Dr. David Michaels, quoted in the announcement, said, “"It is unacceptable that the workers who have dedicated their lives to caring for our loved ones when they are sick are the very same workers who face the highest risk of work-related injury and illness. These injuries can end up destroying a family's emotional and financial security. While workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities take an enormous toll on this nation's economy – the toll on injured workers and their families is intolerable.”

The NEP will focus on a range of issues including:

  • Back injuries from patient handling / lifting
  • Bloodborne pathogens / infectious diseases
  • Workplace violence
  • Slips, trips and falls

With the NEP, nursing homes and residential care facilities can expect increased inspections and greater scrutiny of employee training and health and safety initiatives.

Training Options

MSDSonline offers online training to help address all of these issues and others.

Call 1.888.362.2007, or visit Workplace Safety Training for information about our on-demand training offering, including a list of available courses. If you’re interested in an option that does not require all employees to be present at the same time, you can take a pass on a classroom style format and consider an online solution.

Course Coverage

  • Back Safety provides general back safety awareness relating to job hazards, safe work practices, and ergonomics issues. Coverage includes: information on the extent of back injury problems in the workplace, recognition and control of occupational ergonomic hazards, good practices for reducing back injuries, conducting ergonomics assessments, and engineering controls. Primary Reg: OSHA 29 CFR 1903.1, The General Duty Clause.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens provides training and procedures that will help minimize health risks for workers at risk for exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. Coverage includes recognizing hazards, identifying modes of transmission, standard precautions, appropriate engineering controls, work practices, and PPE to prevent exposure, and emergency procedures for incidents involving exposure. Primary Regs: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030, Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Bloodborne Pathogens - Awareness/Refresher is a 25-minute course providing awareness level or refresher training on bloodborne pathogen safety. The coverage is an abbreviated version of the full course on this subject and is appropriate for workers who are at low risk of exposure or who have previously completed the full course. Primary Regs: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030, Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Ergonomics General provides general training on the key components of an Ergonomics Program based on a composite of OSHA industry guidelines and the NIOSH manual “Elements of Ergonomics Program,” including information regarding the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of “work-related musculoskeletal disorders” (MSD), and best practices to reduce risk of injury.
  • Ergonomics for Supervisors provides supervisors with an understanding of the main elements of an Ergonomics Program based on OSHA industry guidelines and the NIOSH manual “Elements of Ergonomics Program.” The coverage includes preventative measures as well has how to respond when a possible injury is reported. It includes information on risk factors, signs, and symptoms of MSDs, common injuries, controls and safe work practices.
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls provides training in how to recognize hazards and prevent accidents including the key components of ladder safety. Primary Regs: OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D, Walking-Working Surfaces; OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart E, Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment; OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart F, Powered Platforms, Man-lifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms; OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart L, Scaffolds; OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M, Fall Protection; OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P, Excavations; OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart X, Stairways and Ladders
  • Workplace Violence is designed for all employees and provides instruction on reducing the risks of becoming a victim of the second leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the U.S. It includes information on the environmental conditions to avoid, control strategies, and advice on recognizing warning signs and dealing with volatile situations.