Checklists: The safety officer’s comfort blanket

By: October 22nd, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

What is it about safety officers and checklists? We love them. I never turn down the opportunity to at least scan one for relevance, and I’m sure I’m not the only one like that.

It might be that you have to possess a bit of an obsessive-compulsive personality to stay ahead of that alphabet soup of regulators and overseers, OSHA, NIOSH, EPA, NFPA, TJC, etc. And checking off every one of those boxes on the list provides some comfort or sense of accomplishment.

The quick self-inspection safety checklist in each issue of Medical Environment Update has proven to be one of the most popular features of the newsletter by providing a quick and easy way to check how your practice measures up on important occupational safety and health matters.

With this in mind, OSHA Healthcare Advisor is offering Checking In on Safety and Health: Ten Essential OSHA Checklists for Medical, Dental, and Other Ambulatory Care Settings, to help you stay in compliance with OSHA standards.

The lists include:

  • Give your exposure control plan a midyear checkup
  • OSHA is keen on your hazard communication plan
  • Scrambling for a respiratory protection plan
  • Staying compliant with PPE standards
  • Exit route compliance is safety officer’s responsibility
  • Take action on your emergency action plan
  • Poorly located sharps disposal containers cause ‘sticky’ injuries
  • Preventing the shock of electrical accidents
  • Educating workers in preventing and responding to workplace violence
  • Good workstation ergonomics: A prescription for a healthy workplace

Download the free report from the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools Page. Look under the Special Report heading.

Now, having checked off all of those boxes, don’t you feel better?

Give your exposure control plan a midyear checkup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
• OSHA is keen on your hazard communication plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
• Scrambling for a respiratory protection plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
• Staying compliant with PPE standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
• Exit route compliance is safety officer’s responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
• Take action on your emergency action plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
• Poorly located sharps disposal containers cause ‘sticky’ injuries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
• Preventing the shock of electrical accidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
• Educating workers in preventing and responding to workplace violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
• Good workstation ergonomics: A prescription for a healthy workplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
 

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