It’s easy enough to determine the potential exposure in a healthcare or laboratory setting. While it’s unlikely that exposure to blood occurs regularly in a non-healthcare setting, there is still a potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Every year thousands of workers are either injured in accidents or become ill due to picking up diseases from their work place. In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics made a list of the most dangerous job industries and states. The five most high-risk states for injuries or illnesses are Maine, Vermont, Washington, Montana, and Alaska. While the five lowest risk states are Louisiana, New York, Texas, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Like clockwork; every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.
If You Fail To Protect Your Workers On The Job?
In 2015 OSHA put together a report that details exactly this. The costs not only affect the workplace, but they affect families, employees and the economy overall. This is a fact: workers earn an average of 15 percent less over 10 years following an injury.
Journey to Safety Excellence
We found this great infographic about Workplace Injuries put together by the NSC and we found it to be so valuable that we wanted to share it with you. The numbers are almost unbelievable; nearly 13,000 American workers are injured each day. The worst part about it, many (if not all) of these injuries are preventable if more attention is given.