Whether it's extreme heat or intense freezing temperatures, extreme weather will always be on the table and can put healthcare facilities and their occupants in danger. Winter, in particular, offers challenges, especially with Life Safety Code® compliance.
Take time to consult with your organization’s staff before reverting to pre-pandemic practices and procedures. Some things might not need to change. Some things might need to change quickly. And some might need to change as slowly as possible.
During new lab employee orientation, safety training should be one of the first items, and it should include information about fire prevention and preparedness. Orient the new staff to the layout of the department. Show them the exits and the designated evacuation meeting location.
Complete workplace violence (WPV) site analyses, designate a leader to oversee and report that work to the governing board, and ensure float staff are trained on your organization’s WPV prevention policies.
TJC is increasing its number of LS surveyors and they are all being trained that nothing can hang from or even touch sprinkler pipes unless it is part of the fire suppression system itself, warned Herman McKenzie, MBA, CHSP, director of the Standards Interpretation Group’s...
The Joint Commission (TJC) is still catching up on the surveys backlogged during the COVID-19 pandemic—but they are catching up. As you get ready, be prepared to get down on hands and knees to double-check for some problems highlighted recently.