November 30, 2009 | | Comments 0
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Keep your safety manuals universal and to-the-point

A quick thought about safety manuals, taken from my book, The Hospital Safety Director’s Handbook, Fourth Edition:

To be considered useful, your safety manual needs to strike a balance between the availability of information and the user’s ability to reference it. Some safety professionals adopt a comprehensive approach, attempting to include every possible policy/procedure and citing every pertinent reference and requirement.

This approach frequently results in a resource of such scope that those who most need to access the information are consistently deterred from doing so.

Consider limiting the contents of the manual to those policies and procedures with universal applications, such as the fire response plan, response to hazardous materials spills, reporting unsafe or hazardous conditions, etc.

Keep in mind that focused content in your manual will increase the ease with which you adapt it electronically for availability on your hospital’s intranet.

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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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