The CCSA wants to ensure that leaders in our industry are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

New Healthy Workplaces Campaign: call to action for employers and workers to work together

April 23, 2012
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launches its new two-year Healthy Workplaces Campaign on Working together for risk prevention. EU workplaces are safer and healthier than they have ever been. But still every year there are 6.9 million workplace accidents and millions more work-related diseases. The human suffering of poor safety and health is immeasurable, but the economic cost is estimated at 490 billion euros a year - more than half the current cost of the EU's financial crisis bail-out fund. EU-OSHA's new campaign turns the spotlight on the importance of management leadership and worker participation in improving workplace safety and health.

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US Labor Department’s OSHA announces new National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care

April 12, 2012
U.S. Department of Labor - News Release

 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a new National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities to protect workers from serious safety and health hazards that are common in medical industries. OSHA develops national emphasis programs to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in an industry for a three-year period. Through this NEP, OSHA will target nursing homes and residential care facilities in an effort to reduce occupational illnesses and injuries.  

Click here to read the full news release.

Initiatives in 3 states show progress toward reducing C. difficile

March 22, 2012
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has provided the followingPublic Health Practice Stories from the Field about reducing Clostridium difficile infections.

(The information in Public Health Practice Stories from the Field was provided by organizations external to CDC. Provision of this information by CDC is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. government or CDC.)


Illinois hospitals collaborated  [PDF-552KB] to reduce Clostridium difficileinfections 15% to 26%; one strategy included engaging environmental service workers.

Massachusetts’ CDI Prevention Collaborative  [PDF-547KB] reducedClostridium difficile infections 25% by empowering frontline hospital staff on multidisciplinary teams.

New York’s Clostridium difficile Collaborative saves millions in hospital costs  [PDF-676KB] using an evidence-based infection prevention bundle and standardized environmental cleaning protocols.

 For more stories, visit www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/phpracticestories