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Hey! There’s a Department of Labor & Industries Inspector to see you!. Concurrent Session B Washington Hospitals Workers Compensation Program Tuesday, June 29 11:00 a.m. to : 12:15 p.m . 6/21/2010. 1. 1. Two Trusts for membership began in 1984
Concurrent Session B
Washington Hospitals Workers Compensation Program
Tuesday, June 29
Provides workers’ compensation claims management to members
Provides safety services to members
Board oversight by your peersAbout the Washington Hospitals Workers’ Compensation (W.C.) Program
“To lead our membership to create and maintain the safest work environment.”
Works closely with employee safety committees and employee safety officers.
Develops Innovative programs such our Zero Lift - that began in 2000 -now known as “Safe Patient Handling.”
Promotes executive managements’ direct involvement in employee safety.About Washington Hospitals W.C. Program
Executive management involvement is key!
Samaritan Hospital CEO Walkaround 2010
Ben Meyers (Safety Officer) & Andrew Bair
(CEO of Samaritan -Hospital)
Lake Chelan CEO Walkaround 2010
Karl Jonasson (Safety Director), Kevin Abel (Lake Chelan CEO), Ray Eickyeyer (Safety Committee Chair), and Carolyn Hood (H.R.)
Ferry County Memorial Hospital CEO Walkaround
Ron O’Halloran ( Administrator), Mike Jager (Safety Officer /Maintenance), & Debra Michael (Safety Committee Chair).
Natalie Dawson, RN & Carole Halsan (Willapa Harbor Hospital CEO).
Executive Support and preparatory action is the key to readiness for an inspection.
Let’s now take a closer look at the inspection process.
Labor & Industries (L& I) Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) industrial hygienists are inspecting hospitals for employee safety violations under RCW 49.17.050(6).
-We are here to tell you about a DOSH hospital inspection and how to prepare for this.
*FYI: DOSH is our state’s equivalent to OSHA.
Complaint:Typically anonymous employee
Planned:Part of L&I safety enforcement
Referral:From other agencies, like DOH
Imminent danger: Risk of serious injury/death
Follow-up:Verify corrections were made
Serious injury: One or more hospitalized
Death:Death of an employee
From Central Processing …
…to clinic exam rooms.
Where the unsafe use of formalin, a carcinogen, and sharps handling could cost the employer tens of thousands of dollars in citations.
Is the program fully implemented with all elements in place?
In violation of Machine Safety - Chapter 296-806, WAC
Like all these containers of gasoline, stored outside the flammable safety storage cabinet.
Employees need safe, quick access to panels for shut-off in the event of an emergency.
It must deliver tepid water at 1.5 liters (or 0.4 gal)/minute for a minimum of 15 minutes!
Carole Halsan, CEO of Willapa Harbor Hospital, had her cup of coffee and was sitting at her desk getting ready for a long day, when she heard several members of her staff call out to her, with great urgency in their voices ….
This is bad timing!
Carole called Suzanne Metz, the WC safety coordinator assigned to Willapa Harbor Hospital.
She thought fast, knew her plan and swiftly took action.
How did Carole and her team work with Suzanne?
They knew they had to produce all the required 19 Documents that are likely to be requested by L&I inspectors!
Spill kits must have sufficient neutralizer and absorbent material and have appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for the hazard.
Supervisors checked their areas for good housekeeping practices and checked the levels of chemicals.
Supervisors Hazard Assessment and PPE Certification.
OR Manager, nurse anesthesiologist and surgical technician.
Tammy, OR Tech, processing surgery sets.
Gary Spoor, Willapa Harbor Safety Officer, dons hearing protection prior to performing a generator test.
MSDS information for hazardous chemicals were up-to-date and available to all employees and on all shifts where the hazards exist.
…were readily available in the event of a spill.
During the inspection, an alternative had to be found
for a caustic oven cleaner
– steam cleaning!
-Completed their Annual Program Review!