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Back to school: Teach employees safety rules by following the rules of the classroom

Medical Environment Update, September 1, 2019

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By John Palmer

September marks the beginning of the school year for many teachers and students across the country, and there are many lessons that the healthcare industry can learn from our tireless educators.

At the beginning of each school year, teachers spend a month or more getting students into the swing of things by introducing them to new classroom rules and habits, assigning an increasingly difficult workload, and filling out paperwork to help assess them and keep them safe should something happen.

As a healthcare safety professional, you be thinking on the same level as a classroom teacher, because safety should never become stagnant—it should be a constant presence in your clinic. And because employees come and go, you will always be teaching new staff the ways of your workplace.

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