Safety

Three signs nobody is paying attention to safety

Medical Environment Update, July 9, 2020

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Editor’s note: In this guest column, Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for multihospital system Sentara Healthcare in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man,” discusses the important issues that affect your job every day.

The safety officer walked into the satellite laboratory and saw an employee scrolling through social media on her phone. Another employee was chewing gum while wearing mesh sneakers in the department. In the storeroom, chemicals were stacked on high shelves and the aisles were blocked off with empty boxes. The safety officer had come to perform an audit, but it was clear in a minute that the safety culture here wasn’t great. Visual cues are a fast way to see that no one is paying attention to safety, but there are other methods as well, and it’s important to use them. Not paying attention to safety has consequences.

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