History of Occupational Health and Safety

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History of Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has been a topic of concern since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire occurred on March 25, 1911 in New York City (Stein, 1962, Von Drehle, 2003). 1911 employers’ attitude toward employees was that of harshness. The employers would lock the employees inside the building to ensure that they would work and not wonder off. Employers locked doors. The fire occurred on the ninth and tenth floor of the building. Because the doors were locked, 146 garment workers, mostly women, were killed (Goff, personal communication, September 14, 2010). The fire was an event that helped to spearhead the necessity for a
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The requirements for establishing, implementing and maintaining an effective written Injury and Illness Prevention Program are contained in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 3203 (T8 CCR 3203) (Injury and Illness prevention, para 1 2010). The requirements of this law include eight elements, which are: responsibility, compliance, communication, hazard assessment, accident exposure investigation, hazard correction, training and instruction, and record keeping, (Injury and Illness prevention, para 1 2010). One of the ways in which this law is put into action is by estimating, “…the annual incidence, the mortality, and the direct and indirect costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses” (Occupational Injury and Illness in the United States, 1997).

History of Health Care Administration The evolution of health care administration (HCA) is an interesting story. HCA would develop over time. “Up until the late 1800’s, hospitals offered little to no real patient support for the sick, because there was simply not enough money nor knowledge professional medical treatment.” (History of Healthcare Administration, para 1). As stated by Dr. McCurdie, prior to the 1920’s most health care was done at home, hospitals were considered death houses (personal communication, October 14, 2010).