A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the health and social assistance sector has an injury and illness rate of 5.6 per 100 full-time workers compared with a rate of 4.2 for all of private industry. The health and social assistance sector includes four categories: ambulatory health care services; hospitals; nursing and residential care; and social assistance. A closer look at the data shows that nursing and residential care has the highest rate of injury and illness among the four categories at 8.8.
As stated in the report, “workers in this sector are at risk for illnesses, injuries, and fatalities because of long hours, changing shifts, physically demanding tasks, violence, and exposure to infectious diseases and hazardous chemicals.”
Click here to read the full report, and use this as an opportunity to evaluate workplace safety in your own assisted living or residential care Community.