Hospital Employees Surrounded by Hazards

Written by News Channel 2 on January 15, 2014. Posted in Cable gland selection, Desk grommet, Sliding locks

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Are hospitals putting their own staff in jeopardy? The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that hospital employees are 41% more likely to be out with work-related injuries and illnesses. Germs, disease, blood, harsh chemicals, gases and fumes, and damaged electrical equipment surround — and endanger — hospital workers every day.

Moreover, employee absenteeism costs U.S. companies a whopping $153 billion annually. Here’s what employers can do to keep hospital staff members healthy and prevent productivity and financial loss:

Enforce Regular and Proper Use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

All hospital staff — from doctors and nurses to secretarial and human resources staff — may come into contact with viruses, blood, bloodborne pathogens, cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, and gases (such as anesthetic fumes). Some may be exposed to radiation from x-rays and similar diagnostic procedures.

For these reasons, it is critical for hospital management to enforce routine use of personal protective equipment. Masks, guards, lab coats, latex gloves, rubber-soled shoes, and eye protection significantly reduce the likelihood of occupational illness. Employees should wear lead-lined gloves and aprons when performing x-rays.

Contain Electrical and Fire Hazards

Electrical hazards are just as prevalent in medical settings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explains, “Damaged electrical cords can lead to possible shocks or electrocutions. A flexible electrical cord may be damaged by door or window edges, by staples and fastenings, by equipment rolling over it, or simply by aging.”

Workers can prevent the damage of electrical wiring using a few simple tools. Desk grommets, cable ties, and cable glands all contribute to safe wire management. Desk grommets, for example, direct wiring away from table, cabinet, and door edges, where they are most likely to bend or break. On the other hand, cable glands allow workers to safely connect wires to electric medical equipment.

Hospitals are among the most dangerous work environments. Employers can prevent loss — and costly lawsuits — by asking workers to wear appropriate protective gear and by installing grommets and cable glands to prevent electrical hazards.

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