Other OSHA Illness/Injury Rate Measures



Occupational Illness and Injury Rate

What are we measuring and why?

Hospitals continue to experience one of the highest rates of occupational injury and illness among all U.S. industries. Despite advances in sharps exposure prevention and efforts to reduce injury due to patient handling, the rate of occupational injury and illness for hospitals, nationally, has remained relatively unchanged. The occupational injury and illness incidence rate represents the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers using a standardized formula developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The occupational injury and illness rate can be used as a measure of the organization's workplace health and safety programs.

How are we doing and how do we compare to the best practice?

Massachusetts General Hospital's occupational injury and illness data is obtained from incident reports of occupational injury and illness and workers' compensation claims. These data are reviewed to identify trends associated with the types and causes of injuries, and work areas with the highest rates of occupational injury and illness so that appropriate interventions can be implemented. MGH consistently demonstrates an occupational injury and illness rate lower than the average rate for hospitals nationally.

For calendar year 2015, MGH had an occupational injury and illness rate of 3.4 injuries and illnesses for every 100 full time workers, compared to the national average of 6.2 injuries and illnesses for every 100 full time workers, reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014 is the most recent year for which occupational injury data is available nationally).

  • Current Scores
  • Scores Over Time
  • Lower values are better
6.2 3.5

MGH Source: MGH Occupational Health
Comparison Group Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration

MGH: CY 2015 / OSHA-BLS: CY 2014

4 4.1 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.5 4.1 3.9 7 7 7.5 6.8 6.4 6.2 6.8 6.6

MGH Source: MGH Occupational Health
Comparison Group Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration



What are we doing to improve?

In an effort to further reduce the injury and illness rate, MGH has taken a proactive approach to help employees reduce stress, increase physical activity, and minimize manual handling of both patients and supplies. The hospital offers free stress reduction classes on a regular basis. There is also a multi-faceted wellness program that encourages employees to increase physical activity. In an effort to reduce manual handling of patients, the hospital has installed hundreds of patient lifting devices in both inpatient and outpatient areas. Additionally, our robust immunization program and strict infection control practices protect employees and prevent occupational illnesses related to infectious diseases.

Useful Links

Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Occupational Safety and Health Organization

 

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