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Safety Articles by Topic: Environment of Care

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...

How will you know?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 14, 2012

    One question that comes up from time to time in survey encounters with front-line clinical staff is...

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...

Study examines chemotherapy exposures to nurses

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    A study warns that a lack of safety measures with the highly toxic drugs used in chemotherapy is...

Mercury spills still a healthcare hazard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    A Houston-area family medical practice was evacuated when a blood pressure device fell and leaked...

Editor’s Choice: When the earth moves under your feet, or earthquake!

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    Now that you felt or heard about the 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, VA, on August...

Weekly poll: Will you have more resources for emergency preparedness next year?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    This year, healthcare facilities have already dealt with floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and...

Mac’s Safety Space: Harvester of Data: Data collection?your pathway to compliance

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

    At this point, if you’ve been managing your environment for any length of time, you know...

Tip of the Week: Creating an environment that is friendly and secure

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

    The following is an excerpt from the March issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Balance safety...

Is it all? Or is it each?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 21, 2010

    A not uncommon Joint Commission finding (EC.02.03.05 is still in the top five most-cited standards...

Tie EC and IC together to create a safe environment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, September 2, 2010

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

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...

"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...

Joint Commission removes certain MOS provisions

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

    A series of subtle switches will affect 21 elements of performance (EP) under 10 of the EC...

Hospital Safety Center July 2010

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

    Inside: California hospital hit with major fine for violating the ATD standard EM is no...

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...

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...

Joint Commission removes Measure of Success for some standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2010

    The Joint Commission has followed up its announcement regarding deletion of Measures of Success...

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...

Think beyond D icons for your EC documentation

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

    You might be surprised to hear how many EC elements of performance (EP) seem to require...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: It’s not just reporting EC improvements, but tracking whether they truly made things better

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

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

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...

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...

Save travel costs by attending the Hospital Safety Center Symposium from your facility

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

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is just two weeks away, and if you won’t be...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: Blanket warmers and other tales of the temperature wars + a free tool

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

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

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...

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...

Six pointers for better Joint Commission compliance

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

    Early survey reports we’ve received in 2010 indicate that The Joint Commission is continuing...

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...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: It’s okay if you don't have perfect environment of care processes

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Emergency Management Tip: Local facilities could share cold storage

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: EC surveillance rounds keep you ahead of "C" scored provisions

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: A New Year's resolution: Push safety out to the point of care

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

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

Mac’s Safety Space: Survey changes result from outside pressure and your commitment

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

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

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...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, December 2009

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

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

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...

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...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: Be wary about using fire drills as emergency management tests

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

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

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: Get a head start on annual EC reviews

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

    EC.04.01.01 requires hospitals to monitor the environment of care by collecting information, which...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Joint Commission uses D icons for documents, at times

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

    The Joint Commission marks individual elements of performance with a circled “D” icon...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Examine risks and solutions related to Pseudomonas

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

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that—like Legionella —lives in water pipes as...

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...

Older building proves ripe for life safety scrutiny

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

    As part of an old facility, Oregon State Hospital’s (OSH) Portland and Salem behavioral...

Hospital Safety Center Symposium sessions now available as $99 audio recordings

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

    Those of you who were unable to attend our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in May can...

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...

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...

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...

Confessions of a former life safety specialist: Corridor clutter is among common tour snags

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Corridor clutter is always on the radar for surveyors. Gone is the old myth that you are allowed to...

Survey monitor: HVA and other disaster preparations receive scrutiny

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

    The Joint Commission’s 2009 life safety and emergency management chapters have proven to be...

Cut your energy bills with these award-winning ideas

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

    What does going full tilt on environmentally green efforts get you, really, in this economy? A...

Upcoming events will educate you about life safety and emergency management

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

    HCPro has two brand new seminars coming up in the fall that you’ll want to check out:

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: Watch out for the ’E’ in your RACE procedures

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

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

Discrepancy in EC.02.03.05?: Joint Commission test appears to conflict with NFPA 25

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

    : As some of you may have noticed, The Joint Commission’s provisions for main drain tests...

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...

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...

Tip of the week: Get worker input about new medical equipment

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

    Under EC.02.04.01, The Joint Commission requires hospitals to manage medical equipment risks.

Briefings on Hospital Safety, June 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Briefings on Hospital Safety May 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

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

Keep new technology leashed until you learn its behavior

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Given the Obama administration’s goal of improving healthcare information technology systems...

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...

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...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: The best EC performance indicators stem from challenges

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

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

Take a look at what's new online at the Hospital Safety Center

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

    We’ve uploaded great new content to the Hospital Safety Center...

Symposium spotlight: We've extended our early bird discount and reduced room rates

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

    Good news for those of you who want to attend HCPro’s 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center...

Tip of the week: You determine ID badge policies, says The Joint Commission

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

    In an FAQ released earlier this year, The Joint Commission outlined its expectations for staff ID...

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...

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...

Drill for scenarios in which someone brandishes a gun

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

    When someone brandishes a gun in a hospital, there are several keys to avoiding injuries and deaths.

Mac’s Safety Space: Ahh, the fact and fiction about blanket warmer temperatures

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

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

The Joint Commission updates Survey Activity Guide

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 8, February 24, 2009

    Two weeks ago we told you about how the Joint Commission’s internal Surveyor Survey Activity...

Mac’s Safety Space: Safety education for LIPs doesn’t have to center on test scores

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

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

Symposium spotlight: Dean Samet will explain The Joint Commission's new criticality scoring

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    As the weeks count down to the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 14-15 at Caesars...

The Joint Commission updates its public Survey Activity Guide

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    Two weeks ago we told you how The Joint Commission’s internal Surveyor Survey Activity Guide...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: If your emergency prep is good, don’t sweat Joint Commission survey guide changes

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 4, 2009

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

EC tracer is now part of formal survey agenda, says internal Joint Commission guide

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 4, 2009

    As we first reported in Mac’s Safety Space on Tuesday, an internal guide given to surveyors...

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...

EC competency provisions are now officially back on your plate

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    Don’t forget that as of January 1, safety competency requirements for staff members have...

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...

Our new online sections explain the 2009 physical environment standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    Speaking of Joint Commission compliance, platinum subscribers to the Hospital Safety Center now...

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...

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...

Ring in 2009 with a better emergency preparedness plan

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    As of January 1, 2009, The Joint Commission will break out emergency management into its own...

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...

Upcoming regulations will affect hospitals' day-to-day operations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 17, 2008

    The end of the year brings an important Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) change and new Joint...

Mac’s Safety Space: Curiously, the EC standards aren’t mentioned in the new Sentinel Event Alert

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 17, 2008

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

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: EC plans should reflect your risk management process

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 9, 2008

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

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...

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...

Mac’s Safety Space: When security gets drafted into caregiving mode

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 3, 2008

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

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...

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...

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...

Update: California hospital loses power

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 45, November 25, 2008

    Last week, you may have read an article in this publication about a fire at Olive View-UCLA Medial...

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...

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...

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...

Safety problems play role in lost accreditation for NC hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, September 2, 2008

    A state psychiatric hospital in North Carolina has lost its Joint Commission accreditation in part...