Dr. Amber Mitchell is the International Safety Center’s president and executive director. Her career has been focused on public health and occupational safety and health related to infectious disease. She has worked in the public, private and academic sectors.
Mitchell has received several Secretary of Labor excellence awards for her work on healthcare worker safety as well as bioterrorism and public preparedness.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just released their Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit. This toolkit provides a much-needed comprehensive resource for healthcare employers to use to protect their staff from respiratory hazards like airborne infectious diseases, chemicals and certain drugs that, when inhaled, cause […]
Some, like me, who have dedicated their lives to the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, may not consider themselves traditional, clinical “healthcare workers.” We may feel as if we work on the fringe, on the outside. We are not nurses or physicians. We work in public health, wellness, nutrition, occupational safety, health […]
OSHA’s promulgation of an infectious disease rule/standard to protect healthcare workers and employees in healthcare facilities from microorganisms that cause illness and infection would be a welcome expansion of the work OSHA has already done related to bloodborne pathogens. A standard of national caliber would not apply any more pressure to healthcare employers than they […]