Archive for: Weekly Poll Questions
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My name is Will Kilburn, and I’m the new managing editor for several of HCPro’s safety newsletters and ezines, including Medical Environment Update, Briefings on Hospital Safety/Healthcare Security Alert, OSHA Healthcare Connection, Infection Control Weekly Monitor, and Hospital Safety Connection.
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Do how staff members dress in summertime create worker safety or patient safety problems. Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
A jury found against a hospital and awarded $4.7 million in damages in a patient wrongful death suit. The reason, nurses were found negligent in following the hospital’s latex-allergy policy and protocol, according to Outpatient Surgery, July 12. Patients, however, are not the only persons at risk to latex allergies in healthcare settings.
According to OSHA, 8-12% of healthcare workers are latex sensitive, and between 1988 and 1992 there were 1,000 reports of adverse health effects from exposure to latex, including 15 deaths due to such exposure.
In your facility, do you educate healthcare workers and provide them with training materials about latex allergies?
Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know. Also a free Worker Latex Exposure Safety Checklist is available for downloading on the Tools page.
For the settings in your healthcare organization that are at low risk for TB exposure, do you follow CDC guidelines and not do annually tuberculin skin tests (TSTs) on staff and volunteers?
Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
One of the recommendations that the American Industrial Hygiene Association made to OSHA was to increase fines to put them more in line with other regulatory agencies, and cites state and federal environmental violations as examples. Do you believe that OSHA fines are too lenient, especially when compared to fines imposed by environmental regulatory agencies? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
The National Safety Council has designated the second week of June as ergonomics week. Is an ergonomics policy a key part of the safety program in your healthcare facility? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
How well does your healthcare facility or department do in following environmentally sound practices? In other words: How green are you? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
In his May 21 “(Work in Progress)” blog post, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels touted a recent study that found an association between lower workplace injury claims for businesses in the four years following a random safety inspection compared to similar businesses that were not inspected. The study focused on select high-hazard industries inspected by the California OSHA program, but did not include healthcare.
With regard to healthcare do you believe that random safety inspections, such as from OSHA, do indeed improve safety without leading to burdensome business expenses or job loss? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19 was designated as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. The CDC has identified protecting patients and workers from healthcare–associated viral hepatitis as one element in its comprehensive viral hepatitis action plan. In protecting healthcare workers from Hepatitis B, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that healthcare workers “with reasonably anticipated risk for exposures to blood or infectious body fluids receive the complete Hepatitis B vaccine series and have their immunity documented through postvaccination testing.”
Of the workers in your healthcare facility with reasonably anticipated risk for exposures to blood or infectious body fluids, what percentage do you estimate meet the ACIP recommendations for Hepatitis B vaccination and postvaccination testing? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
Federal employers will be required to create policies to prevent domestic violence in the workplace. Does your workplace violence prevention program specifically address the threats and effects of domestic violence in the workplace? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
For Nurses Week, May 6th – 12th, the focus of the Weekly Poll is on nursing, of course. Compared to other working groups or occupations in your healthcare facility or organization, how well do nurses advocate for and put into practice workplace safety for themselves and co-workers? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
In reporting on why OSHA takes so long to complete standards, the U.S. Government Accountability Office cited multiple challenges including, “increased procedural requirements, shifting priorities, and a rigorous standard of judicial review.” Do you predict that changes will be made to allow OSHA standards to be developed more quickly than before? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.