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Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 2014

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Recently, the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) presented a webinar on...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Editor’s note: Each month, Senior Editor Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety...

New life safety surveyors at HFAP

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

    The nation’s oldest accreditation organization with deeming authority from CMS to survey...

Potential modifications to NFPA 25

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

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The positive aspect of change

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Recently, the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) presented a webinar on...

From Mac’s Safety Space: 96 Tears - 96 Hours - 96 Response Plans - You’re gonna cry - cry, cry, cry!

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 15, 2012

    I was doing some work at a client facility recently and happened to be on site when these folks...

News brief: OSHA issues final rule on demolition and underground construction

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 23, 2012

    OSHA has issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking that applies the...

From Mac’s Safety Space: How do you handle?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 23, 2012

    This is a condition/practice I’ve noticed at any number of facilities.

Mirror, mirror on the wall ... is that me?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, August 9, 2012

    One of the curious things I encounter on an increasingly regular basis is the Dorian Gray-like (but...

LA hospital hit with medical waste fine

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2012

    Kaiser’s South Bay Medical Center will pay $73,615.40 in fines for unlawful disposal of...

From Mac's Safety Space: It's so easy, so easy, so doggone easy!

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2012

    When you compare it to sustaining improvement, actually making the improvements to start with is...

From Mac's Safety Space: Permissions from authorities having jurisdiction

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

    Advice from healthcare safety expert Steve MacArthur on permissions from authorities having...

Weekly tip: Changes to the Life Safety Code on fire watch

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 12, 2012

    Expert advice from HCPro's Healthcare Life Safety Compliance on key issues concerning the Life...

From Mac’s Safety Space: How is your generator like a Great Dane?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, July 5, 2012

    And so, I have become introduced to the concept of exhaust manifold and/or engine...

Weekly tip: Keep up with your HVAC system to maintain a safe OR environment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, July 5, 2012

    In the OR there are very specific requirements concerning temperature, humidity, and air...

Weekly tip: Earthquake tests provide inside look at hospital structures

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2012

    On April 17, a hospital building in Southern California shook violently, swaying as the ground...

From Mac's Safety Space: Last Dance, Last Chance, Hot (& humid) Stuff...

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 22, June 7, 2012

    Strangely enough, there remains some uncertainty relative to the management of temperature and...

Model hospital tested during fake quake

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 19, 2012

    Structural engineers at the University of California San Diego shook an 80-foot-high model hospital...

OSHA announces amended Hazard Communication standard

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 22, 2012

    OSHA’s changes to the Hazard Communication standard will improve safety by making it easier...

Blog spotlight: CMS allows for certain 2012 LSC standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 15, 2012

    This one has the potential to be the game-changer we’ve been hoping (waiting) for – the...

Drug shortages making storage, infection control regulations tough to comply with

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2012

    As drug shortages, particularly of cancer-treating drugs, continue to occur, pharmacists are having...

After incident, hospital invests in security technology

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 22, 2011

    On November 19, a 48-year-old man fatally shot himself just outside the emergency room of Massena...

Hospital built with bioterrorism in mind

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, December 1, 2011

    The brand new Rush University Medical Center in Chicago touts a design that addresses the...

Many CA hospitals have risk of collapsing during major earthquake

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 27, 2011

    Many hospital buildings in California are still not earthquake-proof, despite the 1994 landmark law...

Hospital ER shuts down after meth contamination

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 20, 2011

    The emergency room of Medical Park Hospital in Hope, AR, was shut down after emergency room workers...

Hazmat response for medical waste exposure at MD hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 13, 2011

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, had a hazmat scare when a contractor...

Hospitals use flu vaccination to test mobile shelter

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, October 6, 2011

    Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, MD, and Garrett Memorial Hospital in Oakland, MD...

9/11 reminds hospitals and communities to check preparedness

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 15, 2011

    A September 1 report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

Weekly Poll: Weather-related emergency action plans and evacuations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 71, June 2, 2011

    The tornado that ripped through St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO, serves as a...

No violations found in incident involving heavy equipment that injured two

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 69, May 19, 2011

    OSHA found no violations in an incident at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL...

Infected water system to be replaced in Washington hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 68, May 12, 2011

    The water system at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, will be treated with...

Mac’s Safety Space: Hot! Hot! Hot! (part 1) - Hot Labs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 68, May 12, 2011

    I’m reasonably certain that when you folks are conducting your annual evaluations, you are...

Mac’s Safety Space: Hot! Hot! Hot! (part 1) - Hot Labs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 68, May 12, 2011

    I’m reasonably certain that when you folks are conducting your annual evaluations, you are...

Bills to allow seismic safety deadline extension

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 66, April 28, 2011

    Two bills were signed by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) that could give hospitals a seven-year...

New emergency room opens in new facility in Hartford

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 64, April 14, 2011

    After three years of construction, St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT, opened a $184 million...

Tip of the Week: Hospitals go green, save money with free recycling program

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 63, April 7, 2011

    The following is an excerpt from April’s Briefings on Hospital Safety. Before Mark A...

Tip of the Week: Upcoming OSHA hazard communication change may make process more user- friendly

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 62, March 31, 2011

    The following is an excerpt from the March issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Plans by OSHA to...

Tip of the Week: Risk assessments: The catch-all for hazard analysis

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 60, March 17, 2011

    The following excerpt is from the March issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. No matter the size...

Mac’s Safety Space: Temperature and humidity in the operating room

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 59, March 10, 2011

    Q: My engineering manager is telling me that they only have to monitor temperature and humidity in...

Mac’s Safety Space: Linens in the ENT clinic

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 58, March 3, 2011

    Q: We have been having a discussion about the linens in our ear, nose, and throat (ENT) clinic...

Tip of the Week: Worker’s death is a reminder to hospitals to ensure safe storage

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 57, February 24, 2011

    A 26-year-old employee of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL, was killed in...

Hospital garage collapses and injures two

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 56, February 17, 2011

    A six-story parking garage at University Hospital in San Antonio, TX, collapsed on February 14...

Tip of the Week: Hospitals have unique challenges to ensure air quality

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 56, February 17, 2011

    One of the main issues hospitals face when it comes to clean air quality is the patients they tend...

Tip of the Week: Boston hospital's EM program is deficiency free and wins high praise

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 55, February 10, 2011

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s emergency management (EM) program scored high in its...

Tip of the Week: Corridor Clutter

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, December 9, 2010

    A common problem some hospitals face is corridor clutter; a nurse bangs into a filing cabinet by...

Prepare for the worst with repetition

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2010

    What The Joint Commission expects from your emergency exercises There’s a good reason why...

BLS analyzes safety data in healthcare

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 38, September 30, 2010

    Researchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Office of Safety, Health, and Working...

State department investigates hospital after worker complaints

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 16, 2010

    After an employee at The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, ME filed a complaint to OSHA at the end of...

Violence in psychiatric ward highlight security needs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, September 9, 2010

    It’s a well known fact that the dangers of a psychiatric ward dramatically increase, both for...

Hospital Safety Center September 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Inside: An inside look at a CMS Life Safety Code® survey Tie EC and IC together to...

An inside look at a CMS Life Safety CodeĀ® survey

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Your hospital just completed its Joint Commission survey and now you have another team of surveyors...

Tie EC and IC together to create a safe environment

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Joint Commission compliance and survey success depend on effective management of the care...

Managing laboratory safety in your hospital

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Becky worked in an independent lab in Cedar Rapids, IA. The lab was located in the downtown area...

"Code pink" tests hospitals response

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 26, 2010

    Last week a “code pink” call rang out throughout San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in...

"Means of egress" among many hospital safety standards atop Joint Commission non-compliance list

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 26, 2010

    Last week The Joint Commission released the top five Joint Commission requirements most frequently...

Mac’s Safety Space: What is considered life safety sustaining equipment?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 26, 2010

    Determining what is and isn’t considered life support equipment can be a difficult and often...

Tip of the week: Cola and chemicals don't mix

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 26, 2010

    A case study on OSHA Healthcare Advisor reviews the dangers of not designating a separate chemical...

California hospitals given extension to meet seismic standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    California hospitals are notoriously at risk for an earthquake disaster that could put the safety...

Tip of the week: Consider these eight issues for disaster management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 19, 2010

    When it comes to the recovery of systems at your hospital after a disaster, there are eight key...

Mac’s Safety Space: Electrical receptacle considerations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, August 12, 2010

    Q: Is it feasible to place a small device that is plugged into an electrical receptacle on a metal...

Prepare for a CMS survey

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, August 5, 2010

    Your hospital just completed its Joint Commission survey and now you have another team of surveyors...

Technology aids in fire safety training

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, August 5, 2010

    Spartanburg (SC) Regional Medical Center has begun using technology to teach healthcare workers the...

Mac’s Safety Space: Surveying acquired clinics

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, August 5, 2010

    What are the requirements for initiating safety surveys on acquired clinics in your hospital system?

Clarifying mis-scored life safety citations can give your survey a second chance

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    When a Joint Commission surveyor visits your hospital to check for Life Safety Code® (LSC...

Tip of the week: Know why visitors enter your facility

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 22, 2010

     Controlling how visitors enter your healthcare facility may be one of the easier components...

Get your hospital back on its feet after a disaster

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Hospitals spend a lot of time identifying risks and preparing so they’re ready to respond...

Suspicious woman at MPMC later attempts kidnapping

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    There are plenty of locations hospital security personnel have to worry about in their hospital and...

Visitor badge program a hit at South Carolina hospital

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Sometimes, a fairly simple step can help increase security and at the same time make...

Mac’s Safety Space: Using elevators as a means of egress

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2010

    A new guest blogger, Greeley senior consultant Brad Keyes CHSP, makes an appearance on Mac’s...

Don’t put your lab at risk; check on proper PPE use

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    In your laboratories, lab coats and other personal protective equipment (PPE) keep staff members...

Hospital Safety Center June 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Reviewing new ambulatory EC standards reveals MRI and diagnostic imaging best practices for hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Although new elements of performance (EP) for advanced diagnostic imaging only appear in the EC...

Hospital safety notebook: FDA approves new Steris System 1 alternative

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    The FDA has approved a new alternative system to the Steris System 1 (SS1) processor—which...

Tip of the month: Include water fountains on Legionella hit list

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    The dangers of Legionella in hospital water systems are well known. Even decorative water fountains...

Editor’s Choice: How healthcare reform impacts safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2010

    If, as expected, healthcare reform will provide greater access to more people, there may be some...

Preventing surgical fires, not just in the OR

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    Surgical fires aren’t limited to operating rooms and can also occur wherever invasive...

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

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    Your organization might discover potential environmental health and safety issues not covered by...

Hospital Safety Center May 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

HVA events will let surveyors test your flexibility

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    We all know that The Joint Commission expects your disaster drills to feature escalating scenarios...

Sample unit isolation plan for emergency response

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    HCPro’s new resource, Emergency Operations Plan Template, contains advice and sample language...

Tip of the month: FDA warns of StatSpin centrifuge problems

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    The FDA has alerted hospitals that a specific model of StatSpin® centrifuges has an alleged...

Tip of the week: Put water fountains on your Legionella radar and use our free checklist

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    Even decorative water fountains can be a risk with Legionella, as Aurora St. Luke’s South...

You can remotely attend next week’s Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    A week from the today, the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium begins in Las Vegas. You can...

A year after H1N1 pandemic began, Hawaii school reports possible outbreak

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    In April 2009, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX began to experience a surge...

EC risk assessment important part of suicide prevention

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, April 26, 2010

    EC will likely be a focus in 2010 for surveyors when it comes to patient suicide risks, said Sharon...

EC scoring may herald survey compliance pitfalls

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 24, 2010

    Although it may not rank high on your chore list, take close reads of the scoring behind the EC...

Tip of the week: Steris SS1 customers should note new rebate program

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    As we first mentioned on our Hospital Safety Twitter account earlier this week, Steris Corp. of...

Mac’s Safety Space: Be wary of pitfalls related to electrical outlet protection for children

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Editor’s Choice: Exit signs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    You wouldn’t believe how some practices place so little importance on exit sign compliance...

Q&A: Flush time for exposure to eyes

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Q: Is there a recommended flush time when using the emergency eyewash station?  

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Exit sign compliance is as basic as you get in workplace safety matters, but how often do you check...

Tip of the week: Verify your fume hoods direct air outside

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2010

    Under EC.02.05.01, The Joint Commission requires facilities to have a method of checking...

Symposium spotlight: Process improvement expert will guide you through adverse event analysis

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2010

    It is just three short weeks until the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, and one of the...

CA says low humidity raised the risk of surgical fires, leading to $100K fine

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2010

    California health officials this week punished hospitals that have allegedly run afoul of...

Q&A: Posting exit route maps

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    Q: Can you tell me what the OSHA regulations are for posting exit route maps, how many to post, and...

Mac’s Safety Space: Risk assessment targets that you should aim at

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

New state-of-the-art, updated compliance guide for EC, emergency management, and life safety standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    We’re excited to announce that HCPro has just published its newest compliance guide, Physical...

New Steris System 1 alternative approved by the FDA

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    The FDA has approved a new alternative system to the Steris System 1 (SS1) processor, which came...

A detailed look at one facility?s recovery from a fire

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    We often write about the immediate response to a fire, but for a blaze at a Maine hospital’s...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, April 2010

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Hospital Safety Center April 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Inside: Options for corpse storage during emergency response EC scoring may herald...

Options for corpse storage during emergency response

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Although the United States may never see a death toll approaching that from Haiti’s...

Survey monitor: Past tabletop efforts rewarded during emergency session

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Bucking what anecdotally appears to be a trend, Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, MO...

FDA: Hospitals have 18 months to replace SS1

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Read the latest news about an FDA deadline for the Steris System 1® replacement, a new Joint...

Consider using a hospital?s new MRI safety steps

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    In light of a heavy fine against a medical center in California, safety committees should...

Mac’s Safety Space: EM.02.02.07 offers good framework of staff concerns during disaster responses

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Life Safety Code pointers straight from a state authority

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2010

    Life Safety Code® compliance for healthcare facilities figures prominently into the 4th Annual...

Another medical chopper crash claims three lives; FAA advisory posted for all readers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2010

    Three flight crew members died last week when their medical helicopter crashed in Brownsville, TN...

Tip of the week: Check out new EPA rule on ethylene oxide sterilizers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2010

    The Environmental Protection Agency has established a new rule regarding ethylene oxide...

Symposium spotlight: Steve MacArthur will explore the connections between EC and infection control

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2010

    We’re only six weeks away from the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, and one of...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 23, 2010

    A new Indiana law passed last week allowing guns in company parking lots will have many workplaces...

Tip of the week: Who’s tracking the quantity of your compressed gas?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    It’s an easy problem for a surveyor to find: Excessive amounts of nonflammable compressed gas...

Mac’s Safety Space: Look beyond The Joint Commission for rules on who inspects imaging items

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Fredrick Roll will tell you how to better prepare for violence in the ED

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    The emergency department (ED) acts as funnel into the rest of your hospital, making it a danger...

Consider these options for corpse storage during emergency response

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    Joint Commission emergency management standard EM.02.02.11, element of performance 7, requires...

Tip of the week: Strive for adequate NIMS training -- and download a free checklist

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    Here are some thoughts when it comes to training workers on the federal National Incident...

Mac’s Safety Space: Despite bigger influences, Joint Commission wants emergency prep to stem from staff’s abilities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will teach you how to better apply ILSMs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    We’re less than two months away from the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7...

Q&A: Using isopropyl alcohol in the lab

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2010

    Q: Must we always use an exhaust hood when working with isopropyl alcohol in the lab?

Tip of the week: Consider peak capacity of electric-driven fire pumps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2010

    If your hospital doesn’t already test electric-driven fires pumps at peak capacity under...

FDA warns that certain StatSpin centrifuges could threaten healthcare workers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2010

    The FDA has alerted hospitals that a specific model of StatSpin centrifuges has an alleged defect...

Watch for door abuse by staff to avoid citations

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, March 1, 2010

    LS.02.01.30 requires hospitals to maintain building features to protect people from smoke and fire...

Hospital Safety Center March 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

OSHA citations: Bloodborne retains top spot, lockout/tagout spikes

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    On paper, it looks like OSHA got tougher on general medical hospitals in fiscal year (FY) 2009, as...

Five precautions to help prevent violence in your ED

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Hospital security expert Fredrick Roll, MA, CHPA-F, CPP, notes fives suggestions for preventing ED...

Joint Commission notebook: Verify fire response plan roles under EC.02.03.01

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Check out the latest Joint Commission information about about fire response roles, contractor...

Review FDA recommendations for CT scanners

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Safety committee members should read through the FDA’s new interim recommendations on CT...

Top-cited standard reveals rift with clinical activities

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Like many healthcare facilities, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was cited during its Joint...

An early look at a new position: Sustainability manager

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Some medical centers are creating a full-time position for the management of green initiatives...

Tip of the month: Keep tabs on proposed humidity range reductions

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers has proposed a...

Free tool: Sample fire barrier work permit

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    Those of you who deal with unsealed penetrations in rated fire walls and floors can check out a new...

Attention vendors: Do you want to exhibit at the Hospital Safety Center Symposium?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is coming May 6-7, and we want to alert companies...

Tip of the week: Be wary of saying you're "mercury free"

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    Tread carefully with your policies about products containing mercury. If your policy states your...

Mac’s Safety Space: Stick to required policies in your physical environment program

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Joseph Cappiello will unravel disaster recovery strategies

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    As we count down to the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7, we want to highlight...

Visitation policies reviewed after NC hospital shooting

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2010

    An altercation at a nightclub led to an alleged shooting at a nearby hospital’s emergency...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    With many areas of the country experiencing winter weather that’s usually found in the...

Tip of the week: Combustible materials in gift shops may trigger extra protection

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    Gift shops are often overlooked as hazardous areas in healthcare occupancies, and because of that...

Power plant explosion showcases CT hospital's emergency planning

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    Sunday’s explosion of a power plant in Middletown, CT, is something safety committees should...

Free white paper details Joint Commission citations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    The Hospital Safety Center has just posted a free special report called, “2010 Joint...

New this year: Attend the Hospital Safety Center Symposium virtually and save travel costs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2010

    For the first time, you and your colleagues will be able to attend the 4th Annual Hospital Safety...

The FDA changes a deadline, says hospitals have 18 months to replace SS1

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2010

    After further consideration, the Food and Drug Administration has extended the deadline to 18...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Q: Is joint compound acceptable to use to seal penetrations through a fire-rated barrier made with...

Investigate federal waivers to help your H1N1 response

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Those of you involved with emergency planning for H1N1 should review a series of waivers from the...

Interpretations group tackles paved routes, lift devices

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Although informal, a new series of interpretations about exit discharges, utility penetrations, and...

The ins and outs of where to install smoke detectors

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    The 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code® (LSC) has few requirements for smoke detectors in...

Age-old problems haunt facilities under LS.02.01.10

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Many citations under LS.02.01.10 come from a pair of easy-to-find, yet pervasive, problems:

Seek Steris SS1 replacement and watch for any updates

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    If your hospital uses Steris System 1® (SS1) processors, it might be a good idea to flag them...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 2010

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Hospital Safety Center, February 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Tip of the week: Consider using these MRI safety steps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    In light of a heavy fine in California, safety committees may want to verify that only appropriate...

Mac’s Safety Space: Absent regulations, it’s up to hospitals to determine trash compactor safeguards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Katrina patient death case is settled before jurors can debate emergency planning aspect

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    Fallout will likely be minimal for hospitals from a court case stemming from Hurricane Katrina...

Learn important EC and life safety interpretations at next week's audio conference

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    Next Wednesday, February 3, join safety experts Steve MacArthur and Brad Keyes, CHSP, both from The...

Tip of the week: Disaster plans should anticipate community members’ needs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    During a Christmas Eve blizzard, Norman (OK) Regional Hospital discovered reasons why emergency...

Mac’s Safety Space: Eyewash stations hinge on chemical use as opposed to a wholesale requirement

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Q&A: Mercury devices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    Q: Is it illegal to have mercury thermometers and blood pressure devices in medical practices?

Tip of the week: Follow this emergency generator-themed court case

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Anyone involved with emergency planning or generators in hospitals will want to keep an eye on...

Widespread water main breaks test a MS hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    At least one hospital in Jackson, MS, was forced to institute emergency water plans after freezing...

Upcoming audio conference to explore important Joint Commission interpretations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Given the rise in physical environment citations by surveyors, 2010 will be a critical year to...

Tip of the week: Steps to consider during a recall under EC.02.01.01

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    The Food and Drug Administration’s recent alert about Steris System 1 reprocessors offers a...

Mac’s Safety Space: What’s your flu season story?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Make early plans to attend the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    Attendees to the upcoming 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium will take away the latest...

Update your OSHA safety manual: OSHA H1N1 enforcement directive, H1N1 vaccination declination form, and workplace restrictions for healthcare settings

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    This issue of OSHA Watch provides readers with an update to the pandemic influenza plan due to a...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Join Brad Keyes, CHSP, life safety consultant at The Greeley Company, as he answers your questions...

Watch for corridor clutter under top-cited LS.02.01.20

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    With life safety concerns taking such prominent spots on The Joint Commission’s most recent...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, January 2010

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

ASHE winner discusses the future of green construction

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Recently recognized by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering as a leader in facilities...

GIS mapping technology strengthens emergency prep

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Many geographic information system (GIS) mapping systems are cheaply available to hospitals if...

Resolve to improve your life safety programs in 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    With no major new Joint Commission deadlines passing on January 1, 2010, the changing of the...

Hospital Safety Center, January 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Tip of the week: Infection control door caddies bring Life Safety Code concerns

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    Those of you who use isolation or infection control caddies that hang over doors should verify the...

Check out info from the latest Healthcare Life Safety Compliance

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    The January issue of Healthcare Life Safety Compliance is now available for subscribers, with...

What The Joint Commission, OSHA, and EPA have in store for the New Year

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    As we close out 2009 today, let’s take a quick look at what’s coming in 2010 from some...

Tip of the week: A differing opinion on posted evacuation maps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    We want to follow up on our tip from last week, in which we noted that there are no national...

The FDA posts alternatives to Steris SS1 equipment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    As we reported two weeks ago, the FDA has warned hospitals to seek alternatives to Steris System 1...

Fire in oxygen-enriched atmosphere forces relocation of dozens

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    Fire authorities suspect a spark near oxygen equipment caused a fire that resulted in 94 patients...

Q&A: OSHA and fire extinguishers in physician practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Q: Does OSHA require physician offices to have fire extinguishers available, if we are in a...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 51, December 22, 2009

    Holiday decorations are fun, but they could cause headaches for safety officers. How are you...

Tip of the week: Don’t look for national regulation on evacuation maps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    We occasionally receive or otherwise read questions from the field about the need for posting...

Mac’s Safety Space: Thoughts about securing medications delivered via a tube system

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

ASHE award winner talks about the future of green construction

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    Recently recognized by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) as a leader in...

Tip of the week: Look at ladder use to decrease potential patient falls

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    Douglas Erickson, deputy executive director of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering...

Mac’s Safety Space: Solid bottoms on supply carts? Judge it with a risk assessment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

The FDA recommends hospitals seek alternatives to certain Steris processor

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is suggesting that hospitals consider alternatives to a...

Mac’s Safety Space: Advice about what types of holiday decorations to allow

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Try these two ideas to avoid life safety pitfalls during surveys

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Compliance with The Joint Commission’s life safety and related EC standards often centers on...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Q: During a recent inspection, our fire marshal said the five-year standpipe waterflow test is...

Use these nine pointers to avoid life safety pitfalls

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Compliance with The Joint Commission’s life safety and related EC standards often centers on...

Squeeze more energy efficiency out of your buildings

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    It can be difficult for facility managers to figure out just how effective their energy-reduction...

Survey monitor: Emergency management de-emphasized in Texas survey

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission’s survey at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler continued what appears to...

A new breed of safety fair focuses on data-based trends

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    For years, employee safety fairs served as inexpensive ways to host informal refreshers about...

Use these 10 tips to tune up your RCRA compliance

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s actions as part of a $533,570 hospital settlement...

Hospital Safety Center, December 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Tip of the week: Look to NFPA 96 for help with kitchen fire prevention

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    A cooking fire at a New Jersey hospital serves as a reminder that grease can be a hazard.

Mac’s Safety Space: With OR humidity, follow CMS and risk assessment findings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Large EPA settlement points to common problems with hazardous waste

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s actions as part of a $533,570 hospital settlement...

Medical chopper crash may bolster FAA regulation proposal

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    Yet another medical helicopter crashed has killed people, this time near the California-Nevada...

Mac’s Safety Space: Digging into why LS.02.01.20 tops the most cited standards list

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Infectious disease groups appeal to Obama to pull back on N95 enforcement

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    Three infectious disease professional associations have written to President Obama, asking him to...

Life safety concerns top The Joint Commission’s citation list

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    In sobering news for hospital safety professionals, four of the top 10 most cited Joint Commission...

Tip of the week: Read our free article about dealing with the press after security-related incidents

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    In the past month, hospitals across the country have dealt with alleged stabbings, muggings on...

CMS now permits six-year damper tests in hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    As we first reported Tuesday on our “HospitalSafety” Twitter account, the Centers for...

Take our anonymous Joint Commission poll; results to be published in free report

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    If your hospital underwent a Joint Commission survey in 2009, we want to hear from you about how...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, November 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Educate employees about the risks of using robotics

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Confirm all employees who work with robotics have received proper education about the use and...

Survey monitor: Surveyors zoom in on testing and a locked egress door

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    During this Joint Commission visit, surveyors looked at glucometers in a lab, air-handler test...

A drill reveals lessons on evacuating cancer patients

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    The principle of pushing an exercise to the breaking point often comes up in terms of healthcare...

Joint Commission: Smoke-free campuses will be the norm soon—ideas abound for execution and enforcement

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    A report by The Joint Commission makes a bold prediction: The majority of U.S. hospitals will have...

Hospital Safety Center, November 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Tip of the week: Keep Lysol at home

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    Although Lysol might be effective in killing 99% of bacteria on your kitchen counter, it’s...

Hospital president notes red bag slip-up to city aldermen

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    The president of Waterbury (CT) Hospital told the city’s aldermen last week that the facility...

Boston hospitals experience alleged shooting, stabbings, and attempted rape

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    The past eight days have been a particularly violent time for Boston hospitals, including a fatal...

Mac’s Safety Space: Joint Commission offers guidance, but no mandates, for patient-owned items

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Download 80 customizable paper patients for just $99

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    As part of HCPro’s new Emergency Preparedness Solutions series, you can now download 80...

With the holiday season starting soon, here's a free checklist to monitor decorations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    It won’t be long before holiday decorations start to show up on units and in offices, which...

Tip of the week: You decide whether to lock electrical panels

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 13, 2009

    The Joint Commission has no requirements for hospitals to lock electrical panels. However, an...

Mac’s Safety Space: Exit signs in mechanical rooms? It depends ...

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 13, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

New H1N1 cases nearly set a record at a children’s hospital in MN

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 13, 2009

    Here’s just a snapshot of how hospitals around the country are dealing with H1N1 outbreaks...

Alleged radiation overdoses and a coolant leak lead to CT scanner troubles

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 13, 2009

    Separate problems with CT scanner settings and coolant made the news in bad ways over the last...

H1N1 planning: Know when to open your emergency operations center

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 11, October 8, 2009

    As hospitals gear up for what could be the biggest influenza pandemic in a century, they must...

Tip of the week: Learn your state’s estimated bed capacity overrun during this H1N1 outbreak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    A new report from nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health concludes that 15 states...

Mac’s Safety Space: Sinks, ice machines, and a little infection control

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

OSHA plans to align hazcom standard with Globally Harmonized System

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    The idea has been kicked around for years, and now it looks like it’s finally going to...

Hospital hopes to avoid CMS action following fatal surgical fire

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    An Illinois hospital’s alleged lapses when it comes to surgical fire prevention led to the...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

NIOSH questions one method of UV infection control

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Ultraviolet-C light, when pointed straight down into a surgical site for infection control...

Explore the outside standards cited within EC chapter

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    It seems like enough work to know The Joint Commission’s EC standards, but are you up on all...

Expect continued survey focus on life safety compliance

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    In our report from the annual ASHE conference, we look at why life safety compliance will continue...

Hospital Safety Center, October 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Q: During some research in the area around our main security control room, we discovered that two...

Tip of the week: Those with incinerators must review new EPA revisions

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    Although there are only 57 active medical waste incinerators in the country, if your facility is...

Mac’s Safety Space: Risk assessments are the way to go with power strip use

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Beyond architectural needs, CADD drawings can help you comply with fire protection requirements

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    With a few tweaks, your computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) drawings can also become...

Tip of the week: Anticipate more security-related woes in your emergency room

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    As you follow the healthcare reform debate raging across the country, it also makes sense to view...

Mac’s Safety Space: Most of you are well prepared for disaster response, but there’s always the unpredictable event

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Explore the outside standards cited within the EC chapter

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    It seems like enough work to know The Joint Commission’s environment of care standards, but...

IL patient dies after an alleged operating room fire

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    A patient's death following an operating room flash fire serves as a good reminder for surgical...

Mac’s Safety Space: Behavioral settings are tailor-made for risk assessments

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

NEXT WEEK! Practical take-home tools will be part of Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    Our new seminar, Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals, takes place September 24-25 in Boston...

Tip of the week: Take our H1N1 vaccine poll

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put healthcare workers who have contact with...

Mac’s Safety Space: Extra fire drill as part of The Joint Commission’s ILSMs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Medical center signs first-of-its-kind agreement with the EPA

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    A hospital on Long Island has become the first one in the nation to sign an agreement with the...

It’s not too late to join us for our newest approach to life safety education

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    We’re just two weeks away from Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals, a convenient...

Emergency slide provides quick fire escape

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    This week the two major hospitals in Missoula, MT, tested new emergency equipment that could be...

California hospitals seek exemption from earthquake standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    Hospitals in California that are struggling financially are asking the state back off from...

Mac’s Safety Space: Mixing valves to control water temperature

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 36, September 3, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Eyewash stations: Although not a regulation, ANSI Z358.1 wields influence

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    What is tepid water? For the purposes of eyewash safety, the American National Standards Institute...

Hospital Safety Center, September 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Update your OSHA safety manual: Bloodborne pathogens violations, whistleblower protection, and vaccinations

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 5, September 1, 2009

    This month, Quality America provides readers with a detailed look at bloodborne pathogens...

Questions and Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Q. Is it permitted to have a time clock in an exit stairwell of a hospital? My vice president of...

Tip of the week: Take this step when PFI funding is denied

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    Generally, The Joint Commission would prefer to see your plans for improvement (PFIs) funded when...

Mac’s Safety Space: Hospital fire reveals several truths about emergency preparedness

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Veterans Affairs hospitals will pay nearly $534K to settle hazardous waste allegations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    In a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a regional system of the U.S...

Tip of the week: Pay attention to required annual reviews in emergency management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    The Joint Commission encourages you to look at your facility’s emergency management plans as...

Mac’s Safety Space: Alarm transmission options are tight when it comes to fire drill requirements

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Understand how ESC ties in with challenges to life safety citations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    When it comes to successfully clarifying life safety citations from Joint Commission surveyors, key...

While not a regulation, ANSI eyewash standard wields influence

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    What is “tepid” water? For the purposes of eyewash safety, the American National...

Tip of the week: An informal assignment from The Joint Commission

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    A Joint Commission official assigned all attendees of the American Society for Healthcare...

H1N1: Nurses protest in CA, while regulators push mandatory vaccine in NY

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    Controversy is swirling this month around protection measures for healthcare workers from the H1N1...

We’re now on Twitter covering hospital safety concerns

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    If you’re a fan of Twitter or need a good excuse to check it out, Hospital Safety Connection...

Hospital safety measures contain chemical leak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 32, August 6, 2009

    Firefighters responded to a chemical leak inside Clarkson Hospital at the Nebraska Medical Center...

Hospital Safety Center, August 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Protecting workers from MDROs in the workplace

  • Medical Environment Update, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    In recent years, MDROs have come under increased scrutiny, particularly in the hospital setting. As...

Mac’s Safety Space: BMP and a tale of hiding in plain site

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Mac’s Safety Space: Keeping tabs on glutaraldehyde sneaking back in

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Life safety deficiencies top 2008’s citation list, says The Joint Commission

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    It won’t take long for this cheery news to reach your bosses: Life Safety Code (LSC...

Tip of the week: Watch for this inadvertent exit sign violation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    The 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) requires hospitals to post exit signs that are...

Tip of the week: Stay tuned about new infectious airborne disease standard in CA

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    Starting August 5, California will become the first state to have a standard in place to protect...

Mac’s Safety Space: Be wary of MSDS exemptions for consumer cleaning products

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Facility receives $100K fine; equipment location blamed for resident death

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    The California Department of Health has fined a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility...

Joint Commission engineer: BMP won’t return in 2010

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    As we first reported last week on Mac’s Safety Space, there appear to be no plans by The...

Update your OSHA safety manual: General duty clause, hazardous drug list, and respirators in the pandemic influenza plan

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 4, July 1, 2009

    This month, Quality America focuses on changes in the general duty clause, the NIOSH hazardous drug...

Tip of the week: Review The Joint Commission's updated info about steam sterilization

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    Based on discussions with industry groups, The Joint Commission plans to focus more closely on all...

Mac’s Safety Space: Risk assessments offer good foundation for OR extinguisher choice

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Security officer allegedly plans massive computer attack

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    A security officer at a medical clinic in Dallas was arrested by the FBI after he allegedly planned...

Hospital briefly locks down following Michael Jackson's death

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    The outpouring of fan grief and media interest following Michael Jackson’s death last...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Q. Are smoke detectors required to be installed in hospital corridors? I attended a seminar...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, July 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Mac’s Safety Space: Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridorsMac’s Safety Space: Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridors

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Important ethylene oxide sterilizer deadline hits this week

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    In response to a new rule, if you haven’t yet notified the Environmental Protection Agency...

Joint Commission test appears to conflict with NFPA 25

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    In an exclusive story from HCPro, it appears The Joint Commission?s provisions for main drain tests...

Tip of the week: Get outsiders involved in drills

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 17, 2009

    We read about some interesting participants in a hospital disaster drill last week: construction...

Mac’s Safety Space: Tread carefully on the new fire watch interpretation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 17, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Construction crew exposed to small amount of mercury at a hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 17, 2009

    A trio of construction workers at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center got a surprise when a...

Mac’s Safety Space: PI ’til you’re PO’d

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 24, June 10, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

The Joint Commission further explains its fire watch policy

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 3, 2009

    The Life Safety Code requires hospitals to carry out fire watches when a fire alarm or sprinkler...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Should a freestanding medical office (business occupancy) be required to evacuate everyone when an...

NFPA: Nursing home fires kill an average of 16 annually

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Here’s an interesting statistic: Although about half of all nursing home fires involved...

Physician offices should seek business occupancy status

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In smaller settings, life safety can easily be buried at the bottom of the to-do list, in part...

Some hospitals will get Joint Commission life safety specialists for three days

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 22, May 27, 2009

    Particularly large healthcare facilities now face the possibility of hosting a life safety...

Tip of the week: Keep late-night fire drills hush-hush

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 20, 2009

    It’s well known that the Life Safety Code and Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.03 require...

Mac’s Safety Space: iPods and device interference -- and how many downloaded songs does Mac have?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 20, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

SPECIAL EDITION: Coverage from the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 20, May 14, 2009

    Hospital actions in response to the H1N1 swine flu outbreak served as a "good dress...

Tip of the week: Double-check your hazard vulnerability analysis, says Joint Commission engineer

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Some hospitals have received citations this year during their Joint Commission surveys because...

Mac’s Safety Space: Two approaches--or maybe more?--to thwarting latex balloons

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Construction chute contributes to an AZ hospital fire

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    A fire in an outside Dumpster climbed up an attached construction debris chute and into part of a...

Update your OSHA safety manual: Injection safety, fire evacuation and portable fire extinguishers

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 3, May 8, 2009

    This month, Quality America focuses on injection safety practices in ambulatory settings and OSHA...

Mac’s Safety Space: Hazmat inventory provisions under EC.02.02.01

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Three hospitals in one FL community plan to ban smoking on their campuses

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    A trio of hospitals in a Florida community will be among the latest to embrace smoke-free campuses...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Magnetic latches on suites We recently had an inspection in our hospital where the inspector cited...

NFPA: Cooking fires remain the top threat in hospitals

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Every year in hospitals and hospices, there are 1,600 fires that result in an average of one death...

Door gaps and wire tied to sprinkler brace grab notice

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    The life safety specialist who visited Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL, was a former Air...

Tip of the week: In the wake of TB exposures, check your facility’s isolation rooms for air leaks

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    A pediatric physician-in-training who inadvertently saw young patients at three Chicago area...

Mac’s Safety Space: What The Joint Commission says about housekeeping activities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    We currently have a building maintenance program (BMP) that surveyors said was a good program...

Joint Commission notebook: Life safety specialist scheduling remains in flux

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Following is a list of documentation that The Joint Commission’s life safety specialists are...

Documentation and doors remain survey trouble spots

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    To nip potential Joint Commission problems before they become bigger, you may want to immediately...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, April 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Mac’s Safety Space: Wag the magnet: An MRI cleaning tale

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Hospitals can take advantage of new environmental tools

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2009

    A healthcare environmental group Practice Greenhealth has teamed with consumer health and medical...

Chemical fumes force 500 to evacuate part of a hospital campus

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    National Jewish Health in Denver evacuated about 500 staff members and students on Monday after a...

Mac’s Safety Space: Getting clinicians to see the importance of unobstructed fire safety equipment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will detail the importance of life safety drawings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Considering our first item above, you’ll have a renewed appreciation of life safety floor...

Life safety violations top The Joint Commission's most cited standards list

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    In a statistic that can only be bad news for hospitals, the former EC.5.20 was the most cited Joint...

The weapons dilemma: Should you arm security?

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    The threat of weapons inside a hospital is a terrifying scenario for any safety officer. Yet every...

Roof fire offers insights to fine-tune your response plans

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    A fire on the roof of a New Hampshire hospital proved the need to keep tabs on projects involving...

Update your OSHA safety manual: PPE clarification, sharps container placement, and dental decontamination guideline

  • OSHA Watch, Issue 2, March 1, 2009

    This month, Quality America focuses on the new OSHA personal protective equipment (PPE...

Tip of the week: Communication methods during an emergency go beyond satellite phones and text messaging

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    You often hear about the need to have redundant communication strategies for a community...

Hospital window is partially implicated in a patient’s death

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    A hospital in Indiana is reconfiguring its patient bedroom windows to no longer fully open after a...

Tip of the week: If budget cuts come calling, prioritize security training for staff members

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    In this period of potential cutbacks in training budgets, one quick idea for security education is...

Mac’s Safety Space: The use of safety vests by snow-clearing workers hinges on risk assessment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Free hospital safety audio conference is now archived online

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    A free online recording is now available of HCPro’s popular audio conference, “Hospital...

Tip of the week: You don't need to see two exit signs in all cases

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    Last week a competitor of ours ran a story that perpetuated the myth that you must always be able...

Mac’s Safety Space: Though EPA is proposing pharmaceutical waste changes, pay attention to your state

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

There's still time to submit comments about relaxed pharmaceutical waste proposal

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    February 2 is the deadline for hospital safety professionals and others to submit their comments...

Mac’s Safety Space: New Joint Commission FAQs should prompt a critical review

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Tip of the week: Inauguration offers all hospital a chance to review emergency plans

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    Though any other city outside of Washington, D.C., will probably never host a presidential...

Mac’s Safety Space: Question yourself about inventories under EM.01.01.01

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Tip of the week: Think about how you’d locate a missing patient

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    Last month, we reported on a patient who wandered onto the roof of The University of Pittsburgh...

Mac’s Safety Space: Some thoughts about The Joint Commission’s new EPs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Even more Joint Commission changes occur to the standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    As we reported earlier this week in Mac’s Safety Space, The Joint Commission released a...

The time is here - new life safety standards take effect

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    With The Joint Commission’s new life safety standards taking effect on January 1, let’s...

Avoid violence in the emergency department

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Ask any hospital safety director and they will tell you violence in the ED is becoming an...

Hospital finds life safety, disaster prep reviews helpful

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Atlantic City, NJ, may be known for its casinos, but Larry Sweeney—AtlantiCare’s...

There is a familiar feel to DNV’s safety standards

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    It appears that Det Norske Veritas’ (DNV) new accreditation program for hospitals will give...

Sentinel Event Alert about technology risks may trickle down to you

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 17, 2008

    On December 11, The Joint Commission released a Sentinel Event Alert about how safety interacts...

Tip of the week: Take part in our budget cuts poll

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 17, 2008

    Our colleagues over at OSHA Healthcare Advisor have an online survey up about whether budget cuts...

Tip of the week: Watch for a slight twist in your surveillance rounds

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 9, 2008

    Hospital safety officers have long been familiar with required hazard surveillance rounds required...

Patient wanders to a hospital roof and dies outside

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 9, 2008

    The family of a dementia patient is wondering why the woman got out of her room at a Pittsburgh...

Unannounced EPA inspections take place in the Southeast

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 9, 2008

    Mirroring a tactic that New England hospitals will remember from years past, the Environmental...

Tip of the week: Check the status of your kitchen hoods

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 3, 2008

    A few weeks back, we read about a hospital that received some unwanted surveyor attention related...

EPA publishes notices about pharmaceutical waste and medical incinerators

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 3, 2008

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been busy this week with proposed hospital...

Healthcare’s "dirty little secret" can create a big security challenge

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    In October 2007, a New Jersey hospital suspended 27 workers for accessing actor George...

Ten tips to prepare for a surge in pediatric patients

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Research showing how well hospitals nationwide are equipped to handle disasters affecting children...

Specialty hospital recovers after document slipups

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    SIR doesn’t have everything in common with large, acute care hospitals. The facility...

Hospitals live through Ike and Gustav and tell you what they learned about emergency preparations

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    When Hurricanes Gustav and Ike respectively slammed southwest Louisiana and east Texas in late...

Peel apart the distinctions of the 2009 EC standards

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    You’ve probably spent a good chunk of this year getting ready for The Joint...

Upcoming EtO sterilizer rule takes effect in December

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    You should pay attention to an important upcoming deadline, as a rule mandating that hospitals run...

Watch for door gap scrutiny, multiple concerns in 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Seven tips to keep you ahead By now, most of you have had a chance to peruse The Joint...

Life safety citations play a big role in lingering struggle

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    In an example of the long-term ramifications behind requirements for improvement (RFI) from The...

Tip of the week: Review the CDC's new sterilization recommendations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Safety committees may want to discuss a new guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and...

Medical center quick to react to an odd potential mercury exposure

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Workers at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, ID, dealt with an unusual mercury threat last...

Wildfires and total power loss test a California hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Wildfires that have been raging in Southern California created problems for Olive View-UCLA Medical...

Tip of the week: Review OSHA’s healthcare workplace violence guidelines

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 12, 2008

    A story about assaults on nurses in the Boston area should remind everyone that while OSHA...

Voters approve tax levy for hospital equipment upgrades

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 12, 2008

    While the eyes of the world were on the U.S. presidential race, taxpayers in Pomeroy, WA, had their...

Suspect in alleged patient assault slips by authorities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 12, 2008

    Authorities in Scranton, PA, are looking for a man who allegedly fondled a patient at Mercy...

Weigh your risks when protecting electronic records

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, November 11, 2008

    Healthcare facilities protect paper medical records from fire by installing sprinkler systems and...

Mac’s Safety Space: Document all your ILSM assessments--even if you don’t implement an ILSM

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 5, 2008

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Observe an upcoming change in fuel requirements for EM.02.02.09

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 5, 2008

    As you fine-tune your emergency operations plans, note a slight change in wording that will aid you...

Review wipe policies with infection control

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2008

    A new British study suggests that antibacterial wipes can actually spread "superbug"...