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Resident Orientation Manual

Produced by Galveston Shriners Burn Hospital and
The University of Texas Medical Branch Blocker Burn Unit.
Contributors:  Sally Abston MD, Patricia Blakeney PhD, Manubhai Desai MD,
Patricia Edgar RN, CIC, John P Heggers PhD, David N Herndon MD,
Marsha Hildreth RD, Ray J Nichols Jr. MD

 

SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION

1.  Adopt a safety-minded attitude.  Safety is everybody's job, but working safe is your individual responsibility.  Make Prevention a part of your work habits.

2.  Focus on the task at hand.  When 'noise' in your environment distracts you, everyone is at risk for accidents.  Identify the 'noise' in your work situation and take actions to limit the source of the distraction.

3.  Time pressures can interfere with safe practices.  Take the time to do the job right.  Do not be tempted to take short-cuts with safe practices.  Do not work in an unsafe manner because of pressure to get the job done.

4.  Alertness to hazards can prevent most accidents.  Make a habit of noticing and eliminating potential hazards.  For example:
- Wet, slippery surfaces
- Tangled cords and tubing
- Misused alarms
- Misused wheel locks
- Equipment in need of repair

5.  Everyone in the hospital shares responsibility for a safe environment.  Patients, family members and their visitors need instruction related to their roles in keeping the hospital's environment safe.  Raise the awareness level of safety hazards.  (Your co-workers' pro-safety attitudes can reduce your personal risk of accidents and injury on the job).  You are encouraged to tell your supervisor immediately if you are concerned about safe working practices.  Report unsafe conditions, accidents and incidents immediately.

6.  Commitment to do the 'right thing' creates a positive environment for safety.  Set an example for others in your use of safe work practices.

 

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