OSHA Announces National Emphasis Program

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to encourage compliance with safety and health standards at nursing centers through programmed inspections.  The NEP directs OSHA compliance officers to focus their inspections on (1) ergonomic stressors associated with lifting patients; (2) slips, trips, and falls; (3) bloodborne pathogens; (4) exposure to tuberculosis; and (5) workplace violence.  The NEP took effect on April 5, 2012 and remains in place for three years.  Nursing centers with a DART (days away, restricted work activity; and job transfer) rate of over 10.0 may be targeted under the NEP.  The special summary, developed by AHCA’s consultant Brad Hammock with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, is designed for AHCA and NCAL members and provides additional details to assist in preparing for the NEP.