Businesses work to reduce workplace hazards

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration monitors labor sectors like health care and construction to ensure that employees are working in a safe environment.

As a sick patient heading to the hospital, you want the staff at 100 percent so they can best treat you.

"We actually tour and audit every inch of the hospital and off site every quarter," said Blake Bedke, Safety Specialist.

In 2010 nursing aids, orderlies and attendants had the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders of all occupations according to the OSHA website.

"It's because nurses lift 2 tons a day on the average," said Cheryl Henriksen, Employee Health Manager

Environments like the emergency room which are full of high energy situations and stressors can lead to accidents, that's when Employee Health steps in.

"We take care of blood and body fluid if somebody gets a needle stick or they have a splash of amniotic fluid during a delivery of a baby," Henriksen said.

On top of day-to-day dangers like knives and needles, they are also faced with the task of handling outbreaks, like Ebola.

"It caused panic among everyone...among everybody. The things we see now more often like chicken pox," Henriksen said.

Then there's the psychological component.

"People get a lot of compassion fatigue and we see traumatic events every day," Henriksen said.

This time of year there are a lot of slip and fall accidents, prompted by snow and ice. That goes for both patients and staff, which is one of those risks they look to mitigate.

"I work with building services a lot, because they're the ones that have to do a lot of the work orders a lot of the leg work to change different things in our environment," Bedke said.

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