Win $50 off by taking our 2016 books survey!

By: November 4th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Hi Folks!

From time to time, we ask you to help us out by letting us know what safety products you would like to see HCPro develop. Once again, we’re asking for your feedback that will help us know what information you need and what products will help you do your job better.

Please take a moment to take a quick, 12-question customer survey to help us develop our book titles for 2016. In return, we’ll enter you in a raffle to win $50 off any of our products on the HCPro Marketplace.

Please be sure to include your contact information in the last question to enter the raffle. The winner will be drawn at random and notified by email.

Please click here for the survey.

Healthcare needs to get real about active shooters

By: October 27th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

I had the pleasure yesterday of spending a day at the 2015 annual conference of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which is being held here in my beautiful hometown of Boston.

Being in the safety business, I sat in on a session about active shooter response preparation in healthcare facilities, led by an emergency physician and security director with Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. I didn’t leave with that feeling like we have our collective act together.

Are we really ready for someone to come into our hospitals with a gun, bent on causing mass carnage?

First, let’s start with the numbers. From 2000-2007, there were “only” about 6 shootings a year. From 2007 to today, the numbers jumped to 17 per year.

Many facilities are following the government’s recommendations to “run, hide, and fight” when confronted with a gunman. That’s fine training, if you’re in an office building. Run first, hide when you can, and fight back as a last resort.

But that won’t fly in hospitals and clinics where people are counting on you to help them survive. Poll numbers I heard quoted estimate that at least 40% of healthcare staff wouldn’t leave their patients’ sides, even when confronted with a shooter.

Hospitals need to train their staff to stay alive. Most active shooter incidents end within 7 minutes, and doctors and nurses are then required to turn around and treat the wounded and prevent as much death as possible.

So my question is this: What are you doing to prepare for an active shooter in your facility? Do you have specific plans? Are you training your staff, and what resources are you using?

Please drop me a line at and share your thoughts on this very real threat.


John Palmer


Free Tools Friday: Fire Drill Evaluation Form

By: October 23rd, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s October, folks, which means it’s Fire Prevention Month. What have you done to promote fire safety in your facility?

There’s a good chance you’ve been too busy to schedule or plan an in-service training session for your staff, so we’re going to make it easy for you.

It’s Free Tools Friday, and we have for you a Fire Drill Evaluation Form that you can download and use for your own facility.

Take a half hour to practice your fire alarms, as well as your evacuation procedures and make sure everyone knows where they should go if a fire breaks out. While you’re at it, have the local fire department come in and do a free demonstration of how to use a fire extinguisher.

Also, check out all of our other useful tools here.

Upcoming webcast: Hazardous Waste Disposal in Healthcare: Remain in Compliance and Keep Workers Safe

By: October 21st, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Complicated rules surround hazardous waste disposal and healthcare facilities want to reduce volume to save costs, but run the risk of not complying with the many regulations and agencies that monitor waste streams.

The EPA, DOT, Joint Commission, and other regulatory agencies require hospitals to adhere to strict guidelines when it comes to the handling and disposal of hazardous medical wastes. Ebola and other high-profile health scares create bio-hazardous wastes that normal trash haulers can’t handle, and pressure hospitals to find alternate ways to handle their waste.

Meanwhile, the EPA is proposing broad new changes that affect the way healthcare facilities process pharmaceuticals and other hazardous wastes that may go into effect in 2016. This webcast will help you know what to expect and when these changes may occur.

Join expert speakers Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, HEM, MEP, CHEP, and waste management and regulatory compliance consultant Darrell J. Oman for a 90-minute webcast, Hazardous Waste Disposal in Healthcare: Remain in Compliance and Keep Workers Safe, that will take place Wednesday, November 11 from 1-2:30 p.m.

During the program, attendees will:

  • Differentiate EPA, DOT, and OSHA compliance requirements for healthcare wastes and waste management programs
  • Link compliance with accreditation organizations (The Joint Commission, DNV, CMS, CAP) with EPA, DOT, and OSHA requirements
  • Describe the five (5) primary steps to implementing a healthcare campus-wide hazardous waste program
  • Compare a facility’s EPA environmental compliance readiness with actual case studies
  • Identify and anticipate upcoming proposed regulatory changes in hazardous waste disposal and how that will affect operations at their facility

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear practical advice and have complex regulations simplified in this program suitable for your whole organization.

For more information and to register for the webcast, call HCPro customer service at 800-650-6787 or visit the HCPro Marketplace.

Free Tools Friday: “Scrooge List” for holiday decorations

By: October 9th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s October, and if you’re like me you’re pretty excited about Halloween, and so too are your employees.

That excitement tends to be the bane of a lot of healthcare safety folks, who find they have to constantly remind their workers about the dangers of hanging decorations around the workplace to celebrate their spookiness.

Well, you don’t have to ban all decorations, but certainly there are some restrictions that must be followed. For Free Tools Friday, we have a “Scrooge list” that you can follow to help make your holiday celebration safer around the workplace.

Find this and our other many useful tools here.

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