Safety

Tip of the week: Use a risk assessment when situations aren’t covered by rule, regulation, or standard

Hospital Safety Insider, May 6, 2010

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Your organization might discover potential environmental health and safety issues not covered by any rule, regulation, or standard. Here are some examples:

Should the hospital limit cell phone use?
Is the location of plants a problem?
Should a facility allow patients to bring computers for use in their rooms?

These types of questions can be resolved through the risk assessment process; if you need to, you can write a policy that will encompass the rule of three (do the right thing, say what you do, do what you say).

For more tips, check out HCPro's book, The Hospital Safety Director's Handbook, Fourth Edition.



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