Are you curious about your hospital’s track record? How do you know if your healthcare facility of choice is safe and SEC3URE?
With only four flu seasons left to hit the HHS Healthy People 20201 goal of 90 percent, it’s time to look for ways to make more significant strides towards the finish line. Below is a list of five ways your facility can make a difference this flu season:
Remember all the superhero comics and cartoons we grew up with? They taught us to equate radiation exposure to mutations leading to superhero powers like great strength or super speed. However, for those of us who work in the environment of radiation, the last thing we want to experience is some kind genetic mutation from cumulative exposure to low-dose radiation. We have to face the reality that our occupational exposure won’t give us the ability to walk up walls.
Recently my city of residence experienced a breach of safety when police officers were killed while in the act of providing safety and security for our community. What makes a safe community? A stronger police presence? A stronger penalty system for non-compliance?
First, the bad news. After 25 years, OSHA has raised its fines for minimum violations from $7,000 to $12,471 per incident. And the news gets worse. If you pass the abatement date, the fine goes up by $12,471 per day. And it keeps getting worse. Maximum fines have increased by 78 percent—jumping by more than $50,000 per violation—from $70,000 to $124,709.1
Implementing comprehensive radiation safety programs cannot be limited to radiation safety officers and safety directors. Though they will always play the primary role, they need the support of everyone in the facility. Fortunately, more groups are realizing the importance of creating a culture of safety that incorporates radiation protocols to ensure radiation exposure remains ALARA. The following article published in the AORN Journal shows that nurses are spreading the safety message as well:
Topics: Radiation Safety