If you have a medical office space in Los Angeles, you should make sure there is nothing going on in your office that could cause harm, injury, or illness to your staff or patients.
An occupational and environmental safety assessment can be used to prevent these workplace hazards. In addition, the Medical Office Survey Toolkit is a useful resource for opening up office dialogue about patient safety.
Read on for more tips regarding protecting the safety and security of your staff and patients with the help of Boulevard Medical Properties.
Blood and Body Fluid Precautions
The CDC has outlined universal precautions to prevent the transmission of blood or body fluid-borne infectious diseases in a healthcare setting. These include:
- Washing hands thoroughly before contact with any patient
- Wearing disposable gloves
- Disposing of contaminated materials in appropriately marked containers
- Never recapping used needles; preventing punctures by disposing of needles in a properly marked, puncture-resistant container
- Always reporting exposures or contamination immediately
Employees who work with or near chemicals or other hazardous materials should receive proper training about the proper safety measures for use, storage, and disposal of all hazardous materials.
This should include:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Proper labeling
- Follow Manufacturer’s Guidelines
Handling Equipment Failure or Malfunction
Regular inspection and maintenance of your practice’s medical equipment should be included in your office policies and procedures. “Failure to develop written policies and procedures for medical office equipment regarding its use and maintenance can lead to equipment failure or malfunction.” To prevent injury:
- Train all staff to use all equipment
- Make sure staff knows to only use equipment for their job
- All equipment must be tagged with the inspection date, the due date of the next inspection and the inspector’s initials
- In the event of a failure, make sure equipment is clearly tagged “OUT OF SERVICE”
Preventing Physical Injury
You can substantially reduce the rate of physical injury in your medical office space in Los Angeles by paying attention to the following details.
- Look for potential hazards and risks
- Think about what injuries could occur
- Imagine how likely these injuries are to occur currently
- What behaviors contribute to the hazard?
- How could the hazard be prevented?
Diffusing Security Threats
Security threats can surprise and frighten staff, patients, and visitors. Have your staff ready to call 911 for any or all of these incidents:
• Disorderly conduct
• Suspicious activity
• Theft to personal or business property
• Verbal threats
• Weapons possession
• Any crime committed against person or property
Establish Fire Safety Procedures
Include these standard procedures in your fire safety policy:
The R.A.C.E. Procedure
Remove patients from danger
Activate the alarm and dial 911
Close doors and window
To extinguish the fire, use The P.A.S.S. Procedure
Pull the pin
Aim the nozzle
Squeeze the trigger
Sweep from side to side
Safety Planning Tips for your Medical Office Space in Los Angeles
1. Contact OHSA for a Free Consultation
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OHSA, “is mandated to support free consultations to any employer” regarding the health and safety of your small to mid-size business. OSHA’s Free Consultations are completely separate from enforcement visits and do not result in penalties or citations. They help employers “identify workplace hazards, provide advice for compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing and improving safety and health programs.”
2. Have a Written Safety Program in Place
This could also be known as an “injury and illness prevention program.” It should include:
- Steps to control safety issues related to your medical office space in Los Angeles
- Identification of a “Safety Officer,” a staff member who will manage your workplace safety program
- A training and education guide
3. Communicate and Educate
“Successful workplace safety programs include staff members in discussions about safety issues,” said Woody Hill, vice president of loss control at Employers, a specialty provider of workers’ compensation insurance for small businesses.
Also make sure the safety officer has been briefed and ensure staff members know what to do if an injury occurs– and who to report it to.
4. Always Be Prepared
Your company policies should cover things like how to prepare for an inspection, including training employees on how to respond, identifying who will handle the inspectors, and making sure your safety program is up-to-date.
For new and established providers alike, Boulevard Medical Properties has the most appealing medical office space in Los Angeles. No matter what your medical specialty—from surgery centers to orthodontia—Boulevard understands how important your practice is to you and your patients. That is why we take you through the entire construction process, from design to decorating, while encouraging all tenants to “think green.” Managing medical and dental buildings is their specialty! Call 818-882-5700 or Contact us today to set up an appointment!