The Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion has an­nounced that it will crack down on hos­pi­tals and nurs­ing homes for work­place haz­ards that aren’t cov­ered by for­mal rules.

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In­spec­tions will in­clude po­ten­tial haz­ards re­lated to staff mus­cu­loskele­tal dis­or­ders caused by pa­tient han­dling, in ad­di­tion to dan­gers from blood-borne pathogens, work­place vi­o­lence, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, and slips, trips and falls. Any vi­o­la­tions would likely be cited un­der the gen­eral-duty clause of the OSHA Act. That al­lows the agency to pe­nal­ize em­ploy­ers for fail­ing to im­ple­ment in­dus­tryrec­og­nized safe­guards for which there are no of­fi­cial stan­dards or rules. Ex­perts say it’s been “po­lit­i­cally im­pos­si­ble” to cre­ate the rules.

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