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Testing a Strategy to Identify Incidence of Nurse Suicide in the United States
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test a strategy for quantifying incidence of nurse suicide using San Diego County data as a pilot for national investigation. BACKGROUND: Worldwide, 1 person dies by suicide every 40 seconds; more than 1 000 000 suicides occur yearly. Suicide rates for nurses in the United States have not been evaluated. This methodological article tested a strategy to identify incidence of nurse suicide compared with those of physicians and the general public. METHOD: Deidentified San Diego County Medical Examiner data from 2005 to 2015 were analyzed with a descriptive epidemiologic...
A study of leading indicators for occupational health and safety management systems in healthcare
Background: In Ontario, Canada, approximately $2.5 billion is spent yearly on occupational injuries in the healthcare sector. The healthcare sector has been ranked second highest for lost-time injury rates among 16 Ontario sectors since 2009 with female healthcare workers ranked the highest among all occupations for lost-time claims. There is a great deal of focus in Ontario's occupational health and safety system on compliance and fines, however despite this increased focus, the injury statistics are not significantly improving. One of the keys to changing this trend is the development of...
Mental Health Expenditures
Association with Workplace Incivility and Bullying Among Hospital Patient Care Workers Objective: Bullied workers have poor self-reported mental health; monetary costs of bullying exposure are unknown. We tested associations between bullying and health plan claims for mental health diagnoses. Methods: We used data from 793 hospital workers who answered questions about bullying in a survey and subscribed to the group health plan. We used two-part models to test associations between types of incivility/bullying and mental health expenditures. Results: Workers experiencing incivility or bullying had...
Prevalence of Hearing Loss Among Noise-Exposed Workers Within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector, 2003 to 2012
Objective: The purpose was to estimate the prevalence of hearing loss for noise-exposed U.S. workers within the Health Care and Social Assistance (HSA) sector. Methods: Audiograms for 1.4 million workers (8702 within HSA) from 2003 to 2012 were examined. Prevalences and adjusted risks for hearing loss as compared with a reference industry were estimated for the HSA sector and all industries combined. Results: While the overall HSA sector prevalence for hearing loss was 19%, the prevalences in the Medical Laboratories subsector and the Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners subsector...
Obscured by administrative data?
Racial disparities in occupational injury This study finds that administrative injury data – the backbone of national occupational health surveillance systems – may systematically underestimate injury rates among racial minority healthcare workers in the US. Employers should both examine why underlying injury rates are higher among minority workers and adjust reporting practices to reduce racial disparities in formal injury reporting practices. Source: Sabbath EL, Boden LI, Williams JAR, Hashimoto D, Hopcia K, Sorensen G. (2016). Scand J Work Environ Health .
Occupational Traumatic Injuries Among Workers in Health Care Facilities
United States, 2012-2014 In 2013, one in five reported nonfatal occupational injuries occurred among workers in the health care and social assistance industry, the highest number of such injuries reported for all private industries (1). In 2011, U.S. health care personnel experienced seven times the national rate of musculoskeletal disorders compared with all other private sector workers (2). To reduce the number of preventable injuries among health care personnel, CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), with collaborating partners, created the Occupational Health...
Les conditions de travail dans les établissements de santé
Les conditions de travail dans les établissements de santé sont particulières : contraintes de rythme de travail élevées, exposition à des produits dangereux, tensions avec le public, confrontation à la souffrance des patients. Les enquêtes sur les conditions de travail, réalisées depuis une décennie dans le milieu hospitalier, mettent toutefois en avant une diminution globale des contraintes de rythme et une stabilisation des contraintes horaires. Source:
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Working conditions and job quality This report gives an overview of working conditions, job quality, workers' health and job sustainability in the professional, scientific and technical activities sector (NACE 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75). It is based mostly on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), which gathers data on working conditions and the quality of work across 34 European countries. Additional information on the structural characteristics of the sector is derived from Eurostat data. The sector contains all professional, scientific and technical activities except legal...
Economic evaluation of occupational safety preventive measures in a hospital
BACKGROUND: When an organization performs an integrated analysis of risks through its Occupational Health and Safety Management System, several steps are suggested to address the implications of the identified risks. Namely, the organization should make a detailed analysis of the monetary impact for the organization of each of the preventive measures considered. However, it is also important to perform an analysis of the impact of each measure on society (externalities). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to present a case study related to the application of the proposed economic evaluation methodology...
Production output pressure and coal mine fatality seasonal variations in China, 2002-2011
INTRODUCTION: The death rate per million tons (DRPMT) is considered as the key index to the quality of coal mine safety management. The index for 2002-2011 revealed a marked improvement in China coal mine safety management during the 10-year period. However, when seasonally adjusted, the 2002-2011 fatality data showed a strong seasonal variation trend. This was reasonably consistent for the 10years, which suggests that it was always the weak link in Chinese coal mine safety management over that time. However, the overall annual decrease in DRPMT was not reflected by any noticeable improvement in...
Injuries to health workers are common but safety checks are rare, report finds
Comment / News: Healthcare workers suffer more of certain types of injury than workers in any other sector in the United States, including manufacturing and construction, but federal safety inspections are rare, a report has found.The report was prepared by Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. According to the paper, healthcare employers reported nearly 654 000 workplace injuries in 2010, the year for which the most recent comprehensive data were available, 152 000 more than the industry with the next highest number of reports—manufacturing...

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