Q: I’m planning safety meetings for our staff (not yearly retraining). Are clerical employees required to attend every meeting if only medical issues are being discussed? Is a quarterly meeting okay?
A: No, clerical employees do not need to sit through meetings solely on clinical safety items. Quarterly meetings are good, but don’t overlook all the opportunities you already have at your normal staff meetings. Take a couple of minutes to talk about a safety-related topic. Timely events and examples really hit home. You’d be surprised how many poeople in your office can’t describe where to find the fire alarms or how to operate the eyewash station. Just three to five minutes at the start of the meetings really reinforces a safety-first attitude. For maximum impact, keep these mini-presentations short and to the point. You may not even need another quarterly staff safety meeting!
*This is an excerpt from The OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities  by Sarah E. Alholm, MAS.