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Healthcare workers continually record some of
the highest injury and illness rates in the nation,
costing $1B per week. With high rates, millions of
patient Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)
yearly, few OSHA inspections and low penalties,
we finally got OSHA’s attention. The honor system
is over, and emphasis programs and targeted
inspections are underway.
Mayo Clinic’s mission is to inspire hope and to contribute to health and well being by providing the care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Mayo Clinic’s primary value is the “needs of the patient come first.” To achieve success with Mayo Clinic’s mission, employee safety and health must be of utmost importance and fully integrated in all of Mayo Clinic’s functions and operations.
Injury, illness and fatality figures have plateaued for the second year in a row as the economy continues its slow recovery. How will workplace safety be affected if the economy continues to improve?
Before Sept. 11,2001, public health interests in this country had recognized the vulnerability of the population to a terrorist biological attack and had planned for a possible occurrence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a strategic plan to address "the deliberate dissemination of biological or chemical agents.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has announced six national patient safety goals that must be implemented and will be subject to accreditation survey beginning Jan. 1, 2003. To view the most recent goals visit www.jointcommission.org.
This article details five issues to consider when faced with developing and implementing a reporting system: anonymity, feedback, real-time access to data, technological integration and challenges, and usability.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is will be discussed in a series of legal proceedings to address issues under this act. Some legal scholars believe that it will go further than financial reporting and require disclosure of a series of company operations, including SH&E. The act addresses compliance management from a high respective and does not indicate whether SH&E performance is excluded. Learn more about Sarbanes-Oxley and the emerging issue of whistleblower protection in this article.
Slips and falls are a leading loss driver of workers' compensation claims in healthcare facilities of all types. Whether a large teaching medical center, nursing home, assisted-living facility or continuing care retirement community, all face significant slip and fall exposures.
The National Safety Council sent the 2012 salary survey to 13,410 Safety+Health subscribers and received nearly a ten percent response rate. The survey data shows that safety professionals made gains similar to that in 2011. Major areas of comparison include industry, education, age, number of employees, job title, experience, safety performance, raises/bonuses and region of the country.
The nursing/convalescent home safety checklist is a designed specifically for use in the nursing/convalescent home industry. The checklist is a useful tool to identify unsafe conditions and work practices that are likely to cause injuries. Major areas included in the checklist are: - Bloodborne Pathogens; - Fall Prevention; - Fire Safety; - Chemical/Pharmaceutical Safety; - Back Safety/Patient Transfer; - Electrical Safety; - Ergonomics; - First Aid; - Laundry Staff; - Kitchen Staff; - Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety; and - Workplace Violence.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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