Resources from U.S. Federal Government
Examples of relevant federal resources.
AHRQ Workplace Safety Supplemental Item Set
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed and validated a set of supplemental items measuring staff perception of workplace safety for both hospitals and nursing homes. These items measure topics such as workplace aggression, safe patient handling, and management support for workplace safety. The items are intended as an optional supplement to the long-established AHRQ Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS).
Surgeon General Advisory on Health Worker Burnout
In May of 2022, the Surgeon General’s advisory highlighted the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on health workers, who already faced crisis levels of burnout prior to the pandemic.
- From New England Journal of Medicine: Confronting Health Worker Burnout and Well-being (posted with permission)
- Health worker burnout: The U.S. Surgeon General's advisory on building a thriving health workforce
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety
Safety Culture in Healthcare Settings. CDC Course WB4450 – NIOSH Pub. No. 2023-135. This 2023 course focuses on six competencies using evidence-based strategies that are intended to improve work-related hazards with a focus on personal and organizational approaches to healthy and safe work settings.
NIOSH defines Total Worker Health as “policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.” The NIOSH Total Worker Health® Program has been providing resources, tools, and education for employers and workers since 2016.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Since 2004, OSHA and The Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources has maintained an Alliance which aims to provide healthcare organizations and other industry stakeholders with information, guidance, and access to resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Objectives include sharing information on OSHA's laws and standards, national initiatives, and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process.
To access OSHA Healthcare News, worker safety and well-being resources, as well as free resources developed for the Alliance by TJC/JCR, click on the following links.