The Occupational Safety And Health Administration Essay

1129 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is increasing their enforcement efforts in the healthcare field concerning workplace violence and safety (Wey). As a business, Human Resource Professionals are responsible for the safety and health of their employees. Particularly in the healthcare field, injuries from work place violence is four times more likely to occur than in any other field. In 2013, there were 100 reported fatalities in healthcare facilities, 80% were due to workplace violence with patients (Wey). From a business standpoint, HR cannot afford to lose employees legally and financially.
If an employee is injured at work, they are eligible to receive workers compensation benefits. The employee may get their doctor appointments, treatments, and any other medical expenses towards the injury paid for and still receive a certain percentage of their wages (Wey). Legally, healthcare facilities must perform audits to ensure equipment and other supplies are working properly. For instance, if an employee got a chemical in their eyes and the eyewash station was not working properly, there could be a liability and an expensive fine on the facility. The facility was responsible for making sure all equipment was properly working and therefore are held accountable.
In the healthcare field, there are many dangerous machines and equipment that HR needs to make sure are functioning accordingly and employees know how to use correctly. For liability and…

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