There may not be any frost on the pumpkin yet…

By Steve MacArthur, Hospital Safety Consultant

As the Fall colors start to manifest itself and the scary folk prepare for their time in the moonlight, it’s also a good time to remind folks about Fire Prevention Week (October 9 -15).

I don’t know that anyone has a lot of time for outreach lately, but this is definitely one that can pay dividends over time. As you might imagine, NFPA has a lot of available resources to this end and I encourage you to keep this one on a front burner – who knows, maybe you’ll inspire the next generation of safety and facilities professionals.

Please do check it out:

Not to bury the lede here, but I also wanted to bring to your attention to some information I encountered this week regarding water management programs—I think you would do well to check out this info (the video is about 6 minutes long and the article takes about that long to read.) I’ve been a great admirer of the work the folks at HC Info have been doing over the years in keeping the proactive management of water systems “alive.” I think you’ll find Matt Freije’s comments to be informative and insightful and I (for one) look forward to a future state that really facilitates the effective management of waterborne pathogens in building systems everywhere (not just in healthcare facilities). As with any process, there are successes and somewhat less successful implementations, but as long as there is the potential for contaminants, etc., there will continue to be regulatory scrutiny. Complicated processes almost never result in sustainable compliance—I hope that we’ll be embracing a simpler model before too long.

About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with Chartis Clinical Quality Solutions (formerly known as The Greeley Company) in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Healthcare Safety Leader. Contact Steve at