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March 2010

On-Site Safety and Health Section Provides Safety and Health Program Management Training to Nursing Home Administrators

 

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Employee safety at nursing homes remains a major priority for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Because Missouri ranks eighth in the number of nationwide nursing homes, ensuring safety in this sector remains a priority for the Missouri Labor Department.  Because of the emphasis OSHA places on nursing home safety, the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program, in cooperation with the Missouri League of Nursing, recently conducted on-site training for nursing home administrators located within our state. The training was held March 2 in Kansas City, and March 3 in Columbia.

The purpose of the training wais to provide nursing home administrators with the tools and information they need to establish and implement an effective safety and health management program. The establishment of such a program has been proven to dramatically decrease the number of injuries and illnesses in not only the nursing home industry, but other types of industries as well.

During the training, Administrators received basic information about the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program, guidance in complying with OSHA site-specific safety and health programs, and how to identify safety and health hazards within their respective nursing homes.

The Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program will conduct three additional sessions scheduled for April and May in Kirksville, Cape Girardeau, and St. Louis.

For more information about the nursing home training or the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program, contact Daniel Stark at 573-751-3403 or visit http://www.labor.mo.gov/DLS/WorkplaceSafety/free_onsite_sharp.asp.