By David Taylor, MSN, RN, CNOR

Despite the known hazards, research shows health care workers continue to be at risk for job-related injuries. Standardized institutional policies, whether they are related to the intrinsic hazards of the workplace or those caused by a lack of compliance with recommended safety practices, can greatly mitigate these dangers.

Work-related injuries do not only affect a health care worker (HCW) personally, but also can hurt a health system’s finances. Between 2006