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The healthcare industry is a very unique work environment, with its own set of safety hazards.
Healthcare workers can suffer injuries from lifting, slipping and chemical exposure much like workers from other trades. Fires and electrical hazards are also a common hazard between healthcare and most trades.
However, unique to healthcare is the raised potential for depression, anxiety, burnout and physical abuse as a result of the work environment.
Additionally, healthcare workers often work in shifts and many face the hazards associated with shift work or working nights. These drastic sleep pattern changes can have negative effects on cognitive function overall.
Use these resources to educate healthcare workers on the unique safety hazards they face and the safety measures put in place to help them avoid these. As well, provide healthcare workers with access to mental health resources they might require after having particularly difficult and tragic encounters with patients.
Shifting Into Night Shift Safely
In many industries, falling asleep on the job for even 30 seconds can cause a serious mistake. Yet studies show that 30 to 50% of night shift workers report falling asleep at least once a week while on the job. Sleep issues affect truck and bus drivers, airline pilots, factory workers, police, emergency workers, healthcare providers, hotel employees and anyone else on night or changing shifts.
Standard Precautions to Avoid Deadly Infections
In some industries such as healthcare, specific procedures must be followed to prevent the spread of infection. For the rest of us, we need to know and follow standard precautions in certain situations for our own safety.
For instance, if you ever have to assist an injury victim who is bleeding from an injury, you must protect yourself to avoid the chance of becoming infected by potentially deadly viruses like HBV which causes hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, which causes AIDS, or any other bloodborne illnesses. Do not touch blood or any bodily fluids, which may contain blood. Do not give mouth to mouth rescue breathing without proper protection. Do not clean up blood or bodily fluids unless you are trained and completely equipped to do this.
Know Your Chemical Cleaners
Cleaning carts can be a source of coughing, wheezing, headaches or dizziness for healthcare workers. Breathing respiratory irritants in cleaning, sterilizing and disinfecting products make you sensitive to them. Cleaning products can burn skin and eyes.
It would be difficult to remove grease, stains, mineral crusting or biological contamination without cleaning products. Chemicals wash dishes, strip or buff floors, disinfect furniture and sterilize instruments.
What is heavy, has no handles, possibly sags in the middle, and must be lifted and carried frequently? Oh, and it’s an extremely valuable item, not to mention fragile. It can be severely damaged if it is handled incorrectly or, heaven forbid, dropped.
Quiet: Hospital Zone
Healthcare facilities can be noisy places. The noisiest include food service, the laboratory, engineering, offices, nursing units and the heliport.
Noise in a healthcare facility not only disturbs patients but can be a work hazard. Loud noise damages a person’s hearing and causes a stress reaction that can impair worker health and safety.
In workplace safety, noise is any unwanted sound. It is created by sound waves, which are rapid vibrations in the air.
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Make Your Feet Go the Distance in Healthcare
When your feet hurt, you hurt all over. As a healthcare worker who stands for long hours, you know what that means.
There are many jobs in healthcare where standing for long hours is required. Although standing in and of itself is not harmful, doing so for long hours, even as few as four hours at a time on a regular basis, has been shown to potentially cause a number of health problems, including not just sore feet, but also swelling of the legs, varicose veins, general muscle fatigue and soreness, back pain and neck stiffness.
Bloodborne Pathogens: The Final Rule Safety Video
As the title implies, this is an extremely comprehensive program relating to Bloodborne Pathogens. This program covers all aspects of an EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN, information relating to BBP diseases, including Hepatitis B, C, and HIV, as well as modes of transmission, PPE and acceptable work practices, emergency procedures, and recordkeeping requirements. Dr. Jeffery Kahn, Liver Transplant Surgeon from the University of Southern California discusses the different types of viruses and Bloodborne Pathogens in general. Excellent program for both medical and industrial applications.
Influenza Pandemic Planning
Influenza is a common disease that can cause an uncommon amount of trouble for business owners and managers. It’s important to have a plan for pandemic flu because in a worst-case-scenario situation, businesses could experience a loss in profits, a temporary loss of viability or even bankruptcy. Learners who successfully complete this course will have displayed the ability to identify the major points of a pandemic flu preparedness plan and recommended employee-related and business-related policies and procedures to include in such a plan. This course is designed for human resources officers or other upper managers working for small- to medium-sized businesses.
Flu season is usually a cause for concern for most people. However, as new flu strains surface every year and the risk of pandemic flu has become a more public issue and prominent health concern, people have become more concerned than they might usually be. Because most people are exposed to so many other people on the job, workplaces can easily be a point of spread for the flu if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Learners who successfully complete this course should be able to recognize the means by which influenza is spread and recommended measures to prevent its spread.
Workers in the healthcare industry deal with many people—both patients and coworkers—that have compromised immune systems. Because people with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop Legionnaires’ disease, healthcare workers and their patients are at an elevated risk. Learners that successfully complete this course will display the ability to recognize and/or identify the characteristics, sources and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, and its related required/recommended safe work practices. This course is intended for those who work in any environment or occupation that may bring them in contact with water or air-conditioning systems that may expel liquid containing legionella bacterium.
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