Safety

A day in the life of a safety officer

Hospital Safety Insider, June 12, 2014

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It's 8 a.m. on a warm March day, and Steven Shea, MBA, LSSGB, is standing on the roof of Winchester (Mass.) Hospital, where he serves as safety coordinator. It's the first warm sunrise the greater Boston area has seen in a while, and he could be looking out over the wooded hills, taking in the view. But something else has caught his eye.
 
It's a group of four pigeons, roosting on top of a vent intake. To them, it's the perfect roosting spot to enjoy this morning. To Shea, it's a notation to make in his notebook - the pigeons' droppings can get into the intakes and will have to be cleaned up.
 
"That's the difference between me and a newbie at this," he says.
 
Such begins a typical morning for this safety coordinator at a community hospital in the suburbs of Boston, and Shea has invited Briefings on Hospital Safety to come along and watch what he does on a daily basis.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the June issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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