Other OSHA Illness/Injury Rate Measures

Occupational Illness and Injury Rate

What are we measuring and why?

MGH measures the occupational injury and illness rate as an overall indicator of workplace safety. This metric represents the number of reported events resulting in lost or restricted work days and/or medical treatment (above first aid) per 100 full time workers. It is calculated from incident reports and workers' compensation claims using a standardized formula developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These data are reviewed annually to identify trends associated with the types, causes, and locations of injury and illness so that appropriate interventions can be implemented. 

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 injuries that result from patient handling, the national rate has remained relatively stable.

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

MGH consistently demonstrates an occupational injury and illness rate lower than the average rate for privately-owned U.S. hospitals. In 2018, MGH had a rate of 3.5 injuries and illnesses for every 100 full time workers, compared to the national average of 5.7 (2017 data).

  • Current Scores
  • Scores Over Time
  • Lower values are better
5.7 3.5

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

MGH: Jan-Dec 18
OSHA-BLS: Jan-Dec 17

3.5 3.4 3.9 3.5 3.4 3.3 6.2 6.4 6 5.7 5.9

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

What are we doing to improve?

In an effort to further improve workplace safety, MGH has taken a proactive approach to reduce the risk of injury and illness. We regularly offer free stress reduction classes and operate a multifaceted wellness program that encourages employees to increase physical activity. To minimize manual handling of patients, MGH has installed hundreds of 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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