Health care workers in Alabama have likely heard about the Ebola virus making its way to Texas, where a second hospital worker contracted the virus. The situation has shown that there may be a need for better health and safety programs for health care employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected only 138 out of thousands of U.S. hospitals in 2011. An extra 233 hospitals underwent state safety inspections the same year. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's executive director explains that there is only one inspector for every 66,000 employees in 7 million workplaces.