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Reducing New Jersey Worker’s Comp Risks for Residential Care Staff

Reducing New Jersey Worker’s Comp Risks for Residential Care StaffReducing New Jersey Worker’s Comp Risks for Residential Care Staff

Naturally, if you have clients who own or manage a residential care facility, their first concern is going to be the health and safety of the patients and residents present. They will likely take steps to reduce the risks of patient falls, overmedication, etc. In addition to patient and resident safety, though, staff safety should be a primary concern for your clients.

If healthy and well-rested nurses are present in your clients’ residential care facility, chances are that it’s more likely that facility will provide critical monitoring, empathetic patient care, and vital advocacy. Nurses and caregivers within residential care facilities tend to experience significant physical and psychological demands during their day, as well as a potentially adverse work safety climate.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), today’s nursing homes and residential care facilities employ about 2.8 million workers. Many of the tasks performed by these workers require considerable lifting and other strenuous physical labor. OSHA claims that the injury rate for workers in these facilities is double the injury rate for all full time workers in other occupations throughout the U.S. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why there should be a focus on reducing New Jersey Worker’s Comp Risks for residential care staff.  So how can this be done?

OSHA recommends that residential care facility employers identify and address ergonomic stressors in their facility’s safety and health plan, first off. Employers should also do a workplace analysis to identify existing and potential workplace hazards, and find ways to correct these hazards. In order to identify hazards, employers should implement observations, workplace walkthroughs, and talks with employees to determine their opinion of workplace hazards that might exist.

Residential care facility staff should also use diligence in avoiding or limiting their exposure to bloodborne pathogens, both while handling a resident or while handling their laundry or other items, and should be aware of any residents that may have violent tendencies to avoid staff injury.

Putting a focus on worker safety in residential care facilities could certainly help your client avoid costly New Jersey Worker’s Compensation claims. At the Associated Specialty Insurance Agency, Inc., we understand that fostering a culture of safety with ongoing training and supervision is key to mitigating risk and securing an affordable, effective New Jersey Workers’ Compensation package. Please contact us today at (866) 679-7457 to learn more about the various industries we serve.

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