August 31, 2007 | | Comments 0
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By the authority granted to me…

An item that I’ve been encountering a more frequently of late revolves around the charge-or perhaps, more appropriately, the authority-of the safety officer or, indeed, the safety committee.

Now EC.1.10, EP #3, requires each organization to identify a “person(s) to intervene whenever conditions immediately threaten life or health or threaten damage to equipment or buildings.”

That’s pretty heady stuff, which leads me to a couple of questions for all you reading to think about:

  • How comfortable are you, as a safety professional, with the extremes of this interventionary authority? How “immediate” would the threat need to be before you felt comfortable with stopping work, sending someone home, etc.?
  • How much support would your boss give you if you played this card?
  • Have you ever had to invoke this authority?

Let’s talk more about this next time.

Steve Mac.

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at

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