Follow these steps to make facility inspections easier, safer
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January 12, 2020
Most hospital safety engineers spend their careers in the back of the house, preparing for the inevitable visit their facility gets every 18–36 months from The Joint Commission’s surveyors.
They are making sure that the hospital is abiding by the rules that regulators set forth, and those rules can be the fuel of nightmares: complex, hard to understand, and sometimes vague.
The good news is that you can prepare for upcoming surveys, and the most successful safety professionals know to make facility tours a regular part of their work week, if not their daily tasks, in order to maintain the status of their facility.
Study, and know the standards
Just because you’re not the hospital’s administrator or safety officer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what’s behind the standards. As a hospital engineer, you should also know what a surveyor is looking for so you’ll know what to keep an eye on when you do your own surveys.