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Transcript of Safety Awareness
CHCS Disaster and Emergency Plans
Prolonged sitting or standing
Common Causes of Back Injuries
Reaching outside of normal range of motion
Improper posture during heavy lifting
Lifting or carrying objects with awkward or odd shapes
its natural position.
1. Balanced stance
Proper Lifting steps
2. Squat Down
4. Lift Gradually
3. Secure Grip
Emergency Disaster Plan
Remote Site Safety
How Do Accidents
Ignoring safety procedures
Failure to pre-plan work
Starting a job without
Simply NOT PAYING ATTENTION!!
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Fitting the workstation to the worker by modifying or redesigning the workstation according to individual body size and structure.
It is designed to maximize productivity while reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.
Examples of good and bad ergonomics.
Other Types of Office Hazards
Parking Lot Safety
All cell phone and computer activity is prohibited while operating CHCS vehicles as well as personal vehicles while working on the clock.
This includes while waiting at a traffic light or otherwise “in traffic”
Violation of this policy / procedure may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Cell Phones and Driving
FIRE SAFETY & PREVENTION
Fires are a leading cause of injury and death in health-care facilities.
All staff are responsible for:
Learning the plan and safest route out of the building
participating in regular fire drills conducted in the units/clinics.
Choose the Right Extinguisher!
Not all fires can be put out with a water extinguisher.
Water can make some types of fires spread.
Each type of fire requires a specific type of extinguisher.
Extinguishers are appropriately
labeled for the type of fire; some have
pictures that describe:
A - paper, cloth, wood, rubber (ash)
B - flammable liquids (barrel)
C - live electrical equipment (current)
Fire Extinguishers may also be used for
combined types of fires and are labeled
AB – A & B type fires
BC – B & C type fires
ABC – A, B & C type fires
– Rescue-move consumers and others away from immediate danger.
Only try to put out small fires-and only if you have a clear escape route otherwise, evacuate!
A natural or man-made event that:
Significantly disrupts clinical operations. Results in sudden significantly changed, or increased demands for CHCS services.
Types of Disasters
An External disaster occurs
outside the facility and may
significantly impact CHCS
Functions and resources.
Mass Casualty Events
Tornado / Flooding
An Internal disaster occurs within the boundaries of the
Work Place Violence
CHCS Emergency Response Plan
Emergency Response Plans were developed to protect the safety of our consumers, their families, and CHCS staff.
The plans are located in each unit / clinic and can also be found on the Center.Net Procedure 188.8.131.52
Site Specific Emergency Management Plans (SSEMP)
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
A disaster is declared by The CHCS President/CEO or
All Units maintain SSEMP's in their site manual.
Contact your site representatives if you have any questions
The CHCS President/CEO or
Designee will determine when a
disaster will be declared.
Disaster Incident Command Center:
Office of the President/CEO or
Central Administration Board Room, 2nd floor.
Disaster Recall Rosters:
Each department is required to maintain an updated recall roster for use in a disaster.
Unit recall rosters should be updated at a minimum of twice per year.
All staff should provide their manager with any phone numbers or address changes.
Work Place Violence
Wear CHCS picture ID Badge at all times
Notify the Clinic Administrator of:
Employee or consumer death,
Workplace violence (or threats of such)
Fire, flood,or anticipated prolonged loss of electricity, gas or water.
Reassure consumers, visitors and staff.
Maintain consumer confidentiality. Do not discuss PHI with anyone other than appropriate personnel.
Precautions for Staff Providing Services Off CHCS Properties
Remote Site Safety
Planning and Preparing for the Visit
Arriving at the Site
Inside the Site
You have a voice in decisions that affect safety, have the ability to initiate and accomplish safety improvements, hold yourself and others accountable for their actions, and take pride in the safety of your organization.
You can make a difference!
“Culture of Safety”
You take responsibility for the safety of others through reporting near misses and minor injuries, identifying hazards formally, and coaching peers when anyone sees behaviors that put workers at risk.
You take responsibility for the safety of others when
you actively participate in the safety culture.
You can make a difference!
“Culture of Safety”
If you feel uneasy, discontinue the session immediately; use appropriate communication skills to terminate the session, excuse yourself and exit the premises.
If you are being directly threatened – get out and call 911.
– Extinguish- use fire extinguishers and the PASS technique to put out fires.
– Confine- close doors and windows to help prevent smoke and fire from spreading.
– Alarm- pull the alarm.
Visits to the homes of consumers or to non-Center locations may be necessary.
When at a Center facility, you have an expected level of safety because of your familiarity with your surroundings and of the people around you.
With each new remote location that you visit and each occasion of those visits, you may find changed conditions and attitudes.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to predict and be alert of all possible hazards and to avoid risk to co-workers, consumers or yourself. The following represents, however, sound procedures to follow during the timeline of a remote service visit.
Gather information regarding the client.
If you are unfamiliar with the neighborhood, get input from co-workers. Is this a high crime area? Is there parking off the street? Will a cell phone get a signal?
Plan to meet clients during daylight hours. Plan to end the session during daylight hours. (These may change as seasons change.) If the appoint involves other than daylight hours, is adequate neighborhood lighting present?
Is your vehicle fully fueled and properly serviced? Cell phone charged?
Might there be any roadway construction on your planned routes? Again, co-workers may be a good resource for such activities. Alternatively, you might contact city or county planning.
Assure that you have an umbrella in your vehicle.
What steps could be taken to avoid this remote visit? If possible, meet the consumer at a Center facility or someplace public (safe).
Plan, plan, plan! If the consumer is a habitual ‘no-show’, assess all possible reasons why (indifference, mental instability, transportation, non-cooperativeness, etc.) and chart out plan(s) in order of priority.
Plan your clothing appropriately for remote visits.
Wear pants or jeans and comfortable shoes that allow for safety, such as tennis athletic shoes.
Wearing provocative clothing may give the consumer or others the wrong impression. Keep your clothing business, not social.
Wear minimal jewelry for both personal safety and to avoid theft.
Be aware of consumer rights and confidentiality – if family will be present it may violate the right of the consumer to privacy.
Notify your supervisor of your appointment time, name of consumer, and address you will be visiting.
Phone the client prior to the visit to attempt to determine that they will keep the appointment and to determine their status.
Sanitize toys and other learning aids that might transmit contagious disease.
Keep valuables out of sight. Preferably put valuables in trunk. Do not leave on the seat or in the glove box.
Park in a highly visible well lighted area.
Assess the area for safety before leaving your vehicle. If you see anything that looks suspicious, do not get out. Call the consumer, or if necessary your supervisor or 911 for assistance.
Lock the vehicle before entering the remote location.
Try not to take your valuables, (i.e. purses, exposed wallets, excessive jewelry, etc.) into ‘unsafe area’. Carry only what you need so as to decrease your risk of robbery.
If the consumer seems agitated when they open the door, remain outside out of the reach of the consumer. Make the visit brief if the consumer appears agitated. Reschedule the visit, if needed. Leave at once if the consumer poses a safety threat to you.
When knocking on the door, stand back and to the side. Do not stand in front of the door. Should the client be agitated and have a weapon, you will be safer at the side of the door.
If you arrive at the remote location and hear or see dogs running up to your vehicle, stay in it! Honk your horn or call the consumer to ask him/her to attend to the dogs. If you see signs of pets inside the home, ask the consumer to please keep the pet in another room during the visit.
Take your umbrella with you. Preferably, the kind that opens with the touch of a button.
If a dog rushes at you, aim the umbrella at it and press the button. This might scare the dog off and also act as a shield until you can get out of harms way.
Be aware that carrying an umbrella in nice weather may be inappropriate when working with consumers with paranoia.
If, upon arrival or during the visit, you smell alcohol on the consumer’s breath, do not enter the residence. Make an appointment to see them another time.
Try to keep yourself between the consumer and the door.
Look for and expect unanticipated behavior from the client. Also, look for family-type situations that may fuel or defuse negative situations. If doubt arises, LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. Do not risk life or limb. Sometimes, the next day is a better day for certain circumstances.
Make all remote location visits as brief and thorough as possible. Prolong visits sometimes invite unwanted or unnecessary problems. The client and/or family members may fatigue. You might also invite curious neighbor intervention. Unproductive time/activity may result from their intervention.
Know your consumer’s history and be aware of potential problems.
Do not put yourself in a dangerous situation by surprising an unpredictable consumer.
Do not enter a remote location if you sense danger.
Do not enter any location where you feel unsafe.
Use a ‘buddy system’ or police assistance in potentially dangerous situations.
Do not get into a situation where you cannot get out the door or close enough where the consumer can reach out and grab you.
Do not attempt to pet dogs or other animals at remote locations.
Do not use the restroom inside a consumer’s home. You will be putting yourself into a room with one exit, and you will not be able to see what is happening outside the door.
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