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February 2019 Archives

Health care workers face many violence-related threats

Violence threatens employees in various industries. Employers in the health care industry in California have to comply with regulations that came into effect on April 1, 2018. These rules were put in place to ensure the safety of health care workers by developing plans to prevent their exposure to workplace violence. Each facility must establish a unit-specific plan based on the standards set by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Carbon monoxide threat to general laborers, construction workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says recent incidents prompted a reminder to employers nationwide, including California, about the hazards posed by carbon monoxide exposure. The agency says all employees, including general laborers, construction workers and others, face the risk of being overcome by this deadly gas -- often called the silent killer. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is odorless and colorless, and it can be undetected until it is too late to escape.

Workers' compensation availability should not replace safety

Not all California companies prioritize employee safety. Sadly, there are those business owners who believe that carrying workers' compensation insurance is enough, and spending money on creating safe work environments is unnecessary. The reality is that every benefits claim that is filed by an injured worker will increase the company's insurance premiums.

Safety of health care workers threatened by chemotherapy drugs

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently reported the outcome of a study that included the participation of 40,000 nurses in a survey about their use of personal protective equipment when they administer chemotherapy medication. Authorities are now concerned about the significant number of health care workers, including some in California, who work with hazardous antineoplastic drugs without protective gear. These drugs are particularly hazardous to female nurses.

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