Thursday, November 8, 2012

OSHA 300 "A Log to Live By"

Health care Joint Commission article calls OSHA 300 "A Log to Live By"

The OSHA 300 form is explained and praised as a valuable analytical tool to protect health care workers in a recent article published by Joint Commission Resources. In its October article, "OSHA 300: A Log to Live By," the Joint Commission states that "properly documenting work-related injuries can reduce incidents” of worker injuries and illnesses."
The OSHA 300 Log is one of the key forms that OSHA requires hospitals and other large businesses to complete. The 300 form is "far more than recordkeeping," wrote the Joint Commission; for employers, the log "is an invaluable resource that should be integrated into monitoring and analysis" to target where workplaces are having problems with injuries and illnesses.
"Looking closer [at the 300 Log] can reveal a lot of important information, such as what tasks employees are performing when they are injured and how," said Mark Hagemann, Acting Director of OSHA's Office of Technological Feasibility, who was interviewed for the article. "You need to identify the problems so you can fix them," he said. "That's the only way to assure a culture of safety for both patients and health care workers."
An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. OSHA and the Joint Commission have worked together since 2004 under an Alliance agreement to protect health care workers' health and safety.

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