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Mary Ellen Lesperance RN, MSN, CIC, CHSP
Director, Environment of Care, Epidemiology, Safety Officer
The first of seven plans: Safety Management
2. The team examines work related injuries such as slips, trips and falls, muscle sprains, blood and body fluid exposure, exposures to chemicals
Employees can prevent injury by:
Follow 3 simple Steps to avoid incorrect disposal of medical supplies and equipment
Examples of items that should never go into the soiled linen bag include:
The 2nd plan is Hazardous Materials and Waste Management.
Staff can prevent harm by:
The Material Safety Data Sheet poster has the phone number for locating chemical information
It is your guide to chemical safety. The MSDS contain basic information on the chemicals like:
- Immediately take any faulty equipment out of service and call FIXIT or 34948 for repairs.
- Notify your supervisor if the faulty equipment has caused harm to patients or employees.
failures or emergencies.
If a fire does start, you need to know what to do and do it quickly. Remember—stay calm and do the following: (RACE):
- Rescue anyone from immediate danger to a safe area past the
- Pull the Alarmbox nearest you. Contact your operator or
security department and give exact location of fire. Sites not located on main campus will call 911.
- Confinethe fire. Close all doors.
- Extinguish (put out the fire) with the appropriate fire extinguisher,
if you are trained to do so.
You must be able to locate the following:
cooking devices such as
toasters & small ovens
When using an extinguisher:
Remember P A S S -
Pull the pin
Aim low, at the base of the fire
Squeeze the handle
Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire
During a Code Red, DO NOT pass through doors with this sticker above them unless you are evacuating from the fire area.
As a healthcare worker, you must be alert to the dangers of infection and injury. Making your safety and health a priority is one of the best ways to create a safe and healthy environment for patientsand for you!
And above all, apply a healthy dose of common sense to everything you do on the job.