Safety

Tip of the week: Get safety policies and procedures approved

Hospital Safety Insider, September 29, 2011

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Typically, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations that serve as the basis for your safety program need the approval of the safety committee and senior management before you can include them in the safety manual.

In some instances, a member of the safety committee might be able to lend his or her expertise to topics you include in the manual (e.g., electrical equipment or utilities). Involve internal experts whenever you can; ask them to draft the initial version of the policy or procedure.

When the safety committee has worked with you and approved the contents of the safety manual, senior administrators typically are more comfortable adopting the policies and procedures contained in the manual.

For more tips, check out The Hospital Safety Director’s Handbook, Fourth Edition.



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