12/01/2003

Checklist: Safety self-inspection for health care providers

Health care workers face potential safety hazards including bloodborne
pathogens, ergonomic hazards from lifting and repetitive tasks, and potential
chemical and drug exposures, among others.


This self-inspection checklist helps to test your health care facility's safety
program.

- Are employees exposed to the hazards of HIV/hepatitis B/tuberculosis, etc.?
If so, has the employer established a written Exposure Control Plan designed to
eliminate or minimize exposure?

- Does the employer: test the patient for HIV as soon as possible after above
exposures where seronegativity has not yet been confirmed; provide HIV testing
of exposed workers as soon as possible after exposure with seronegativity
tested at six weeks, 12 weeks and six months; advise the employee to seek
medical attention for those illnesses which occur?

- Does the employer provide hepatitis B vaccine free of charge to those
employees having occupational exposure to HBV?

- Does the employer have a Sharps Policy forbidding the recapping or
re-sheathing of needles?

- Does the employer have and enforce a policy of universal precautions
regarding blood and other potentially infectious materials?

- Are adequate and appropriate sharps disposal containers provided?

- Are all areas of the facility maintained in a clean, orderly condition?

- Are all open sided floors or work platforms and stairways adequately guarded?

- Are all exit signs requiring illumination provided same?

- Are all exits provided appropriate and visible marking as exits?

- Are all compressed gas (oxygen) bottles and cylinders secured to prevent them
from falling over or from being knocked over?
- Is necessary personal protective equipment in use at locations and activities
where it is required?

- Are adequate protective eye and face protection provided and used where
required?

- Are appropriate BIOHAZARD tags, labels or signs used to identify potential or
actual biohazards and to identify equipment, containers, rooms, experimental
animals or combinations thereof that contain or are contaminated with blood or
other potentially infectious material?

- Does the employer, where appropriate, have a lockout/tagout program to
prevent employee exposure to hazardous energy associated with electricity,
machines and equipment?

- Has the employer provided suitable facilities for eye washing or body
drenching within the proximity of activities or operations where there is a
likelihood of splash, spray or splatter of blood or other potentially
infectious material, and where caustic or corrosive chemicals are in use?

- Are all fire extinguishers provided an annual maintenance check by a
qualified person?

- Are moving parts, belts, gears and pulleys of machines and equipment in the
facility adequately and properly guarded to prevent accidental contact?

- Are the wiring and components of the facility and its equipment free of
hazards due to exposed, live electrical parts?

- Are the facility and equipment wiring adequately grounded?

- Do the facility and equipment cords, fixtures, panels and boxes have proper
strain relief, abrasion protection and no unused openings?

- Are all electrical boxes, panels, fixtures and fittings equipped with
appropriate covers?

- Are all containers of hazardous materials adequately and properly labeled
with contents and hazard warnings?

- Does the employer provide adequate, comprehensive training to all employees
regarding exposure to hazardous materials?

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