Predominantly a health care-related risk, needlestick and sharps injuries are serious. NIOSH states that these types of injuries occur when a worker comes in contact with a contaminated needle, scalpel or other sharps.
Disease management programs can help lower employer costs and reduce hospital stays for workers who have certain health conditions, including asthma, musculoskeletal disorders and congestive heart failure, a recent study from the University of Minnesota indicates.
More than 16 million people worked in the health care and social assistance industry in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That year, recordable injuries exceeded 631,000 and the rate was 5.0 per 100 full-time workers.