Health Care Workers and Occupational Injuries
December 11, 2007
- Health care is the second-fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 12 million workers.
- Women represent nearly 80% of the health care work force.
- Health care workers face a wide range of hazards on the job, including needlestick injuries, back injuries, latex allergy, violence, and stress.
- Although it is possible to prevent or reduce health care worker exposure to these hazards, health care workers actually are experiencing increasing numbers of occupational injuries and illnesses.
- Rates of occupational injury to health care workers have risen over the past decade.
- By contrast, two of the most hazardous industries, agriculture and construction, are safer today than they were a decade ago.