November 02, 2011 | | Comments 0
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I can’t drive – 5?

I recently fielded a question regarding vehicle speed limits on a hospital campus.

I think we can agree that we don’t want folks tearing around our grounds, running into or over people and things, but are there specifics involved? (I think I’m smelling a risk assessment here…)

The situation presented to me revolved around a current practice of posting 5 miles per hour as the campus speed limit, which, as I’m sure you can imagine, can be tough to enforce, regardless of whether you live in NASCAR country. So, the question became: Can the campus speed limit be raised to 10, or even 15, miles per hour?

To my fairly certain knowledge, there is no definitive nationwide regulatory source that would come into play; but, as you can well imagine, there are a number of Authorities Having Jurisdiction who might be willing to offer some assistance in this regard. My immediate thought (and probably the most useful) would be to check with municipal law enforcement to see what they might recommend/require in this regard, and move forward accordingly. I’m thinking that there would be only minor, if any, objection to a raise of the limit to 10 miles per hour, and maybe even 15 miles per hour. But checking with the law enforcement folks is a very fine place to start.

So, how fast can you go?

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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 stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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