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Emergency medical services workers : how employers can prevent injuries and exposures
  • Published Date:
    July 2017
  • Series:
    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2017-194
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  • Description:
    "Emergency medical services (EMS) workers are important to public health and safety. However, work-related injuries present a challenge to EMS worker productivity and retention. Research shows that EMS workers have higher rates of work-related injuries than the general workforce and three times the lost workday rate of all private-industry workers. Employers need to understand why injuries occur in order to prevent them. Fewer injuries can result in a healthier workforce and decreased costs to the agency. This fact sheet highlights results from a four-year study capturing data from EMS workers treated in emergency departments and provides recommendations for prevention. More than 22,000 EMS workers visited emergency departments each year for work-related injuries. What can employers do to prevent workplace injuries and exposures? Employers can promote a culture of safety by requiring practices to help keep EMS workers safe and maintaining a reporting system to capture and monitor injuries and near misses." - NIOSHTIC-2

    Suggested citation: NIOSH [2017]. Emergency Medical Services Workers: How Employers Can Prevent Injuries and Exposures. By Reichard A, Marsh S, and Olsavsky R. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2017–194.

    NIOSHTIC no. 20050178

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