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Back to school; Teach employees safety rules by following the rules of the classroom

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October 1, 2019

By John Palmer

At the beginning of each school year, teachers spend a month or more getting students into the swing of things by introducing them to new classroom rules and habits, assigning an increasingly difficult workload, and filling out paperwork to help assess them and keep them safe should something happen.

The healthcare industry can learn from our tireless educators.

As a healthcare safety professional, you should be thinking on the same level as a classroom teacher, because safety should never become stagnant—it should be a constant presence in your facility. And because employees come and go, you will always be teaching new staff the ways of your workplace.
There will always be paperwork to fill out, protocols to put into place, and assessments to conduct, all to ensure your workers are following the directives you’ve created to keep patients and employees safe. At worst, you should take a good, hard look at your safety game once a year to verify everything is running smoothly. Here, we’ve assembled some common rules of the classroom along with some ideas of how to apply them to your facility.

The healthcare industry can learn from our tireless educators.



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