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Happy Monday! Play it safe: Prevention Tips

Keeping safe at the workplace

Fall Prevention

  • Keep clutter and electrical cords out of pathways
  • Use a stepladder, not a chair, if you need to reach for something
  • Be aware of the condition of your floors: Tile tends to get slippery easily, while carpet provides more traction

Lifting

  • Lift with your knees: Use your leg muscles, not your back muscles, to pull yourself up
  • Hold the object close to your body
  • Don’t twist your body while lifting

Ergonomics

  • Learn how to adjust your office furniture to the correct position: Your back should be straight and your feet should be flat on the ground
  • Vary your work so you aren’t in one position for a prolonged period of time
  • Don’t cradle your phone between your ear and shoulder.

Storage and Equipment Safety

  • Only open one filing cabinet drawer at a time to prevent the cabinet from tipping over
  • Store heavier items on bottom shelves
  • Keep loose clothing and long hair away from machinery such as shredders and space heaters,

Fire Safety

  • Keep paths to fire exits clear
  • Do not block sprinklers
  • Pay special attention to cords and maintaining electrical equipment, and
  • Know your office’s fire escape plan.

 

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Corizon Health, Inc., failing to protect its doctors, nurses and mental health workers against workplace violence and assaults at a New York prison.

A six-month investigation at Rikers Island Correctional Facility found attacks by inmates against employees contracted to provide prison healthcare services jumped from 8 to 39 in two years, federal regulators said.

Workplace violence has the potential to erupt at any facility. The best way to prevent or minimize the damage of an unexpected attack from a co-worker or visitor is to prepare as much as possible.

◾implementation of administrative controls such as job site hazard assessments and incident reviews

◾installing a panic alarm system and protective barriers

◾re-configuring treatment areas so healthcare workers can escape if threatened

◾outfitting employees with PPE, such as personal alarm systems to contact correctional officers

◾safety training for all healthcare staffers on workplace violence prevention, stress management, recognition of signs of potential violence and post-incident services to treat employees traumatized by violent incidents