OSHA-Based Safety Practices for Health Care Professionals

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) purpose is to save lives, prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, and protect the health of all America’s workers.”

In the effort of preventing accidents or hazardous events on the job, we have created the following safety guidelines to adhere to while working at our partner facilities. With these guidelines, we hope to halt unfortunate events before they occur.

Use universal precautions to prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases from contact with body fluids. Always follow your facility’s protocol for PPE.

Housekeeping using a mop to clean the floor

Reducing risks for falls is one of the most common OSHA violations. It is important to wear proper fitting footwear with a good grip. If you notice any wet surfaces around the facilities, wipe them up, block them off, and call for housekeeping if a mop is required.

When lifting or transferring patients, utilize good body mechanics and conservative lifting techniques. If you need help to transfer or roll a patient, it is important to be vocal and ask for assistance. Back pain and injuries are one of the main reasons professionals leave bedside care. 

HCP wearing a facemask, gloves and hair cap

Health care workers should follow all OSHA regulations and policies when using any of the facility’s equipment. This includes but is not limited to lifts, pumps, gowns, gloves, shoe covers, masks, regulators, and safety goggles. Equipment that is not functioning properly should never be utilized

Health care providers should be familiar with their environment and it is your responsibility to ask about emergency procedures and know where building exits are located. Please speak to the clinical supervisor on duty and make sure you familiarize yourself with all exits and escape routes.

https://www.osha.gov/archive/html/protecting.html

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