19.09.2011

Evaluating Risks to Workers at a Center for the Developmentally Disabled

Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program investigators of the US American
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health evaluated high numbers of
occupational injuries resulting from resident aggression toward staff at a
center for the developmentally disabled. Investigators found that staff was at
risk of injury from assault by residents and that the injury and illness
incidence rate associated with assault was higher than national rates for
healthcare and social assistance centers. It was recommended that managers hire
additional staff to provide a higher staff-to-resident ratio and form a safety
committee. Investigators also recommended that staff remove objects from the
environment that could be used as weapons and report all injuries. Safe and
secure work settings enhance care for developmentally disabled residents.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)