24/02/2009

New eTool on health and safety in hospitals and health care centres

There are many occupational health and safety hazards throughout hospitals and
health care centres. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health
Administration (OSHA) provides an eTool, which identifies hazards and controls
in the hospital industry. The eTool focuses on some of the hazards and controls
found in the hospital setting, and describes standard requirements as well as
recommended safe work practices for employee safety and health.

This eTool addresses the following areas:


  • Administration

  • Central Supply

  • Clinical Services

  • Dietary

  • Emergency

  • Engineering

  • Heliport

  • Housekeeping

  • ICU

  • Laboratories

  • Laundry

  • Pharmacy

  • Surgical Suite

  • Healthcare Wide Hazards

  • Other Healthcare Wide Hazards



The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration
emphasizes newly revised sections on Bloodborne Pathogens and the Surgical
Suite, and two new modules:



Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Provides links with general
information, answers specific questions for employers, employees, and offers
resources for a variety of workplace settings, such as healthcare, school,
athletic, and childcare.



Sonography. Identifies ergonomic risk factors and possible solutions as
sonographers move and position patients, use and orient equipment. Recommends
engineering, administrative and work practice controls.

eTools are "stand-alone", interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational
safety and health topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize graphical
menus as well as expert system modules. These modules enable the user to answer
questions, and receive reliable advice.


More info


AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety & Health Administration