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Keeping Employees Safe

Healthcare employees encounter a range of potential hazards in the hospital environment, including exposure to infectious diseases and musculoskeletal injuries from lifting. As a healthcare employer, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) values its employees and is committed to providing a safe workplace. There is growing evidence that this corresponds to a safer patient care environment.

One important measure of workplace safety is the employee injury rate. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires that employers annually report the rate of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees (FTE's).

The influenza immunization rate among hospital employees is another important measure of a safe healthcare environment. Achieving high rates of vaccination among hospital employees has been shown to reduce employee absenteeism, protect patients, and reduce overall healthcare costs. Since 2008, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has required hospitals to offer staff the flu vaccine and report their rate of employee vaccination each year.

Click on any of the measure names below to see a detailed description of the measure, our performance over time and what we are doing to improve. On the chart below, hover your mouse over the data columns or icons to see more information.

MeasureOur Current PerformanceComparison GroupHow We Compare
Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Rate
Employee Influenza Vaccination Rate
2017 - 2018 flu season: Percentage of eligible employees given an influenza vaccination. Higher values are better.
MDPH statewide rate for acute care hospitals. Benchmark is based on 2017 - 2018 flu season.
MGH's performance was below the state average reported by MDPH (93%).
MeasureOur Current PerformanceComparison GroupHow We Compare
OSHA Illness/Injury Rate
Occupational Illness and Injury Rate
Jan - Dec 2018: Number of events per 100 full time employees. Lower values are better.
The OSHA national rate for privately-owned hospitals. Benchmark is based on 2017 data.
MGH's performance was below the latest OSHA benchmark (5.7).


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