ICYMI: PPE, OSHA & Healthcare Risk Management

Here’s what happened on the Red Bags blog in June…

All About PPE

Every person that stays in or visits a healthcare environment is at risk of acquiring an infection, but for healthcare workers, the risk is even greater.  Workers are more susceptible to contamination just by the nature of what they do; they’re exposed to blood, bodily fluids, respiratory secretions, and make direct contact with other infectious materials on a daily basis.  In addition to having an infection control plan, it’s imperative that staff use personal protective equipment (PPE).

Here’s what you need to know about PPE and why it’s a requirement for worker and patient safety.

Medical Waste Equipment: The Basics

Medical waste disposal plans help identify and reduce risks of infections in patients and healthcare workers, but any good plan requires proper equipment to make the plan functional to prevent lapses, mistakes, and health risks.  What equipment does your facility need to maintain compliance, safety, and protection? Read here to learn about the basics.

Avoiding Workplace Injuries

Working in the healthcare industry often involves a degree of risk.  Healthcare workers can be exposed to dangers in the form of injuries, bloodborne pathogens, allergies, and more. In fact, according to OSHA, a hospital is statistically one of the most dangerous places a person can work. Here are five ways medical professionals can avoid injury.

OSHA Compliance: Why It’s Important

Facilities that generate hazardous waste are one of the most dangerous places to work, which is why the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined procedures and protocols to help with workplace health, safety, and environmental needs. OSHA oversees health management systems to protect not only medical staff, but patients as well. Here are just a few tips to keep your health facility OSHA compliant with your medical waste management.

Healthcare Risk Management: An Integral Aspect of Medical Waste Management

Safety is a large part of every healthcare risk managers’ daily tasks.  This includes design improvements in lighting, flooring and assistive devices to reduce falls.  It also includes surface decontamination and hand-washing stations to prevent the spread of infection.  Part and parcel to infection control is proper medical waste disposal. Learn more about healthcare risk management and why every year in June The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management celebrates this very important role.

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