About Hospital Safety Center  
Career Center  
Contact Us
       Free Resources
Hospital Safety Insider

Important Safety Websites  
Mac's Safety Space  
       Safety Center Members
Briefings on Hospital Safety  
Special Reports  
Healthcare Security Alert  
Safety Talk  
Risk Assessment Workstations  
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
Interim Life Safety Measures
Infection Control Risk Assessment
Forms and Checklists Library  




MEU 2018 index


January 2, 2019

Facility safety

  • Be mindful of FDA ban on antiseptic chemicals, March, p. 4
  • IAHSS issues Threat Management Guideline to help healthcare facilities respond to violence, May, p. 1
  • If you have an OR, then you must have an AED or standard defibrillator, too, August, p. 8
  • Irked by 'preventable' surgical fires, FDA issues alert with recommendations for healthcare professionals, September, p. 8
  • What causes clinic fires?, January, p. 5
  • Your action plan: What to do when violence strikes, January, p. 1

Healthcare hazards

  • A fire safety primer for your facility, December, p. 1
  • As USP <800> looms, assess your compliance of medication compounding standards now, September, p. 1
  • ECRI lists top tech hazards for healthcare, January, p. 7
  • Excessive noise in the OR poses short-term and long-term risk to surgical staff, April, p. 1
  • Joint Commission now allows partially used oxygen canisters in 'full' rack, July, p. 9
  • OSHA: Get ready now for flu and potential pandemics, November, p. 5
  • Review your water management plan as CMS intensifies focus on Legionella, November, p. 8

Infection control

  • Bouffant hat vs. skull cap battle over? AORN expects to change recommendations on headwear, July, p. 1
  • CDC issues guidelines for healthcare facilities for preventing the next outbreak, February, p. 5
  • Expert advice on implementing an effective, legal mandatory flu vaccine policy, July, p. 4
  • Floor corners, bathroom floors, and ceiling vents are hottest spots for dangerous C. diff spores, May, p. 5
  • Hand hygiene monitoring technology increases compliance rates, but is it worth the cost?, June, p. 1
  • Take a new look at all patient care with eye to stop HAIs, December, p. 6

Lab safety

  • A laboratory safety manual can be a powerful tool to improve and maintain lab safety, September, p. 12
  • Create awareness of proper ergonomics practices in your lab to avoid costly consequences, August, p. 11
  • Fighting fire with fire, November, p. 12
  • Fighting fire…again, December, p. 9
  • Follow OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard to ensure your lab staff stays healthy and safety, June, p. 10
  • If you want to know what your lab safety culture is like, stop in after regular hours and a take a look, July, p. 10
  • Lab safety in the pre-analytic phase, February, p. 8
  • New EPA rule creates flexibility, potential savings for hazardous waste removal, May, p. 9
  • Taking 'control' of your lab safety situation, January, p. 9
  • The downside of staff workarounds, which can draw the ire of AOs, March, p. 10
  • The safety interpretation, October, p. 10
  • When it comes to lab safety, knowing laws an important first step for leadership, staff, April, p. 10


  • 18F Updates: June updates cover infection control, bloodborne pathogens, June, p. 11
  • 18I Updates: September updates cover infection prevention and control, September, p. 13
  • 18L Updates: December updates cover injury and illness prevention, December, p. 10
  • HCPro book excerpt: Situational awareness is an important part of high reliability, April, p. 7
  • Dying malls and medical clinics: A symbiotic relationship that works, February, p. 7
  • MEU 2017 index: What you might have missed in 2017, January, p. 10
  • More healthcare organizations are addressing second-victim syndrome, but more must be done, August, p. 1
  • PSS-3: Three-question suicide screener for the ER, October, p. 6

OSHA/regulatory agencies

  • An unexpected inspection could cost your facility if it isn't complying with RCRA, September, p. 4
  • CMS: Governing board must prioritize water management, November, p. 10
  • Fewer OSHA inspectors may put healthcare 'a little bit more under the radar', March, p. 5
  • Joint Commission focus on hand washing puts pressure on facilities, March, p. 1
  • Joint Commission says sentinel events declined again in 2017, but same problems top annual list, May, p. 7
  • New Jersey 'one-room' surgical center law creates streamlined regulatory landscape, April, p. 5
  • OSHA says employers must protect temp workers from noise and respirator hazards, November, p. 1
  • Put OSHA's training tools to work, October, p. 1
  • 'Something as simple as a stained ceiling tile' can draw The Joint Commission's ire, June, p. 8
  • Tips to avoid getting tagged by TJC for unintended retained foreign objects, August, p. 9
  • TJC changing how surveyors evaluate healthcare leadership's attention to safety, September, p. 10
  • TJC cited office-based surgery practices on a wide variety of standards in 2017, June, p. 5
  • Your action plan: What to do when OSHA comes knocking, February, p. 1

Worker safety

  • Australian company's compact respirator masks hope to change the healthcare PPE game, December, p. 4
  • Fall protection training required for staff, contractors exposed to fall of 4-plus feet, June, p. 7
  • Worker wellness: Chemical safety and compliance, October, p. 4

Workplace violence

  • Five key steps for creating, implementing an active shooter plan at your healthcare facility, August, p. 5
  • NFPA unveils fast-tracked, new standard to help with response to active shooter incidents, July, p. 7
  • Violence, opioids among top workplace fatality threats in healthcare, March, p. 8

Subscribe Now!
Sign up for our free e-newsletter
About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Statement | Contact Us
Copyright © 2019. Hospital Safety Center.