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Safety in Healthcare Facilities

The culture of safety in healthcare facilities is particularly important in light of the environmental, social, and human costs of accidents in these very specialized environments.

From the employee point of view it all starts with the OSHA other local requirements for all employees to have the right to know about the materials that are used in the organization.

This topic is covered in the Right To Know in Healthcare Facilities program summarized in this demo:

 

 

Here are more healthcare facility safety training program demos:

Safety Orientation

Orientation to lab safety

OSHA lab standard

Slips, trips, and falls

 

Advantages of E-Learning in Safety and Compliance

Is It Time to Re-evaluate Your Safety and Compliance Training?

Why do organizations implement corporate safety and compliance programs? Simply put, they are a fundamental basis of the best practice of building a culture of safety.

A safe work environment is a building block for good morale, strong team spirit, and high productivity, and an effective safety program can reduce the cost of down time, inventory wastage, medical costs, and worker's compensation insurance.

In addition, a properly executed safety and compliance program will keep management informed of potential problems before they become costly mistakes, and may reduce the risk of government and private lawsuits against an organization. Finally, in today's complex regulatory environment, a safety and compliance program ensures that a business is operating at peak performance and in conformance with all applicable laws and regulations.


Considering the vital reasons for organizations to put proper emphasis on mandatory safety and compliance training for supervisors and employees, why is it that so many organizations fail to adequately provide it or treat it simply as a check off on the Human Resource or Compliance Officer's "to do" list?


Some of the reasons for the oversight

Time Constraints - Anyone who has ever scheduled training knows how labor intensive it can be to find the right space, communicate the program to employees, order refreshments and document attendance. Add to this that there are fewer staff to handle more responsibilities within the department and it is not surprising when the training is overlooked.


OSHA's Not Going to Inspect Us - In 2004, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released a report critical of OSHA's Oversight of Civil Penalties and Enforcement. Effective in Fiscal Year 2008, OSHA implemented enhancements to their internal field audit program, putting additional pressure on field offices to investigate complaints and accidents. In addition, OSHA announced in April that it will be increasing fines and stepping up investigations with the establishment of a Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).


Cost - According to Training Magazine, corporations spend between 50-70% more when using instructor-led training over electronic content delivery.


Ineffective Participation - Due to scheduling conflicts not everyone is going to be available when the training is held. With one hundred percent participation required for compliance training, it becomes necessary to schedule several sessions in order to accommodate scheduling conflicts.


Documentation and Certification - Attendance records and certification that the attendees have successfully completed the course can be extensive and difficult to maintain in instructor led training


Same Old Training - Every year it's the "same old thing" and no one pays attention so an organization doesn't re-evaluate the role of "training", relegating it to a mere check-off and missing a real opportunity to improve performance and reduce cost.


By comparison, effective e-learning addresses these issues, providing a self-directed, engaging learning tool that is ready to use whenever it is convenient for the participant. The Learning Management System (LMS) handles the documentation and provides the administrator with compliance updates.

Some of the advantages of E-Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ease of Delivery - The E-Learning course is available 24/7 - ready when you and your employees find training most convenient.


Consistency - All employees get the same information, skill-building activities, clarification of applicable policies and complaint procedures, ensuring that everyone is on the 'same page' which makes it easier to identify and prevent prohibited behaviors.


Improved Retention - High quality E-Learning segments program modules into short sections with entertaining and relevant scenarios and interactive tools and tests that help keep the employee focused on the learning at hand, resulting in improved results.


Tracking - The Learning Management System (LMS) maintains records that document the learner's progress and completion. These electronic records and reports greatly reduce the paperwork usually required for instructor-led training.


Participation - 100% participation is required. High quality E-Learning courses feature directed learning paths that prevent bypassing content or activities.


Emphasis on the Learner - Studies confirm that effective learning takes place when the individual differences in learning styles are addressed. High quality immersive E-learning helps participants practice, apply and retain key concepts. Self-study reduces learner anxiety, providing a safe environment where incorrect responses are addressed without learner embarrassment.


Update - When course content changes because of new laws, court case decisions and or internal policies, it can easily be updated to include current information. E-Learning also allows for immediate and refresher learning. For example, a supervisor can access the harassment prevention course as needed anytime during the year, to make sure his/her actions follow the best practices demonstrated in the course. Mini-lessons can be easily rolled out on a regular schedule to provide additional and continuous learning experiences - sending the message that an organization is committed to subject matter and/or the learning process.


Cost Savings - With estimated savings of 50 to 70% over instructor-led training, combined with the advantages listed above, effective E-Learning makes perfect sense in meeting your organization's safety and compliance training needs.

For additional information on WorkLife Productions on-line safety and compliance training or for a free trial program ccann@worklifepro.com

 

 

Safety in the Healthcare Environment

 

Demo versions of the most popular training programs in this series.

 

Safety Orientation Tuberculosis in the Healthcare Environment Slips, Trips & Falls
Orientation to Lab Safety OSHA Laboratory Standard Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities
Eye Safety Back Safety Ladder Safety
Electrical Safety Fall Protection Fire Prevention in Healthcare Facilities
 
Using Fire Extinguishers Right to Know for Healthcare Facilities