This is the second post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here.
Health care workers face unique challenges from lifting and transporting patients, needle sticks, handling hazardous waste, chemical and drug exposures, and others. First responders and emergency room personnel are particularly vulnerable since they may be exposed to undiagnosed infections and contaminants. (OSHA has requirements that relate directly to these health care providers). See my blog post Training Hospital First Responders on Hazardous Substance Exposure for more information.
As experienced environmental and engineering consultants to the health care industry, we recommend the following strategies for effective OSHA oversight:
- Gain leadership support for rigorous worker safety programs and build safety into the culture of the organization.
- Give workers a say in safety planning and encourage line staff to offer suggestions and solutions to challenges they face on the job.
- Ensure the availability and proper maintenance of all job-related equipment.
- Provide regular training on avoiding slips, falls, strains, and other injuries.
- Use OSHA recordkeeping as a way of identifying areas where corrective or preventive measures are necessary.
Creating and maintaining a safe, healthful environment for employees while delivering quality care to patients is a challenge. See our blog post OSHA Offers New Resource for Hospital Worker Safety for tools provided by OSHA on this topic and our services that can help you meet and exceed federal and state requirements. OSHA has specific standards and directives for various topics within the healthcare industry. The Healthcare Standards and Enforcement page on the OSHA website provides these standards along with standard interpretations. We also are committed to sustainability and can work with you to improve the environment of your facility while contributing to a sustainable environment for everyone!
Please contact us at Environmental and Engineering Solutions or call us at 215-881-9401 to discuss your needs and how we can help meet them.
In the next blog, we’ll give you some recommendations for effective EPA Compliance and sustainability in the healthcare sector.