Life Safety

Are exit doors and stairwells clear? Main, corridor, and stairwell exits cannot be blocked.

Are exit doors clearly marked "exit" and illuminated? Check for burned out bulbs.

Do fire doors latch properly? Close fire doors to see if they latch properly and see that there is no gap <1/8 inch in the middle.

Are corridors and passageways free of obstruction? The corridor can have mobile items (wheels on them) that are emergency needed items that are in use.

Are pull stations or fire extinguishers unobstructed? There must be nothing to obstruct access.

Are doors not propped open/held open? Doorstops or homemade held open devices are not allowed while no one is in the area. Tape is not allowed over any corridor doors.

Are all materials stored a minimum of 18" from sprinkler head?

Are storage rooms and equipment rooms free of clutter and unsafe conditions? Make sure items are not falling down or overstocked.

Safety Management

Is area free from evidence of smoking?

Are the floors/ hallways in good condition?

Are the walls not needing paint or repair?

Are any cables or wires not exposed?

Are ceiling tiles clean, stain free, and in good condition? Indicate where these bad tiles are located in the comments.

Are heavy items stored at low levels or mid levels in storage? Make sure the heavy items are stored at waist level or lower shelves.

Are general areas clean and free of clutter?

Are compressed gases stored properly? Compressed gases need to be chained to the wall or on a cart secured. Free standing bottles are not allowed.

Utilities

Are two prong extension chords removed from the area? These are the household type extension chords. Remove these immediately.

Are telephone chords out of the way?

Are all mechanical, electrical, janitorial, communications rooms clean with no storage? Indicate which rooms are not clean.

Infection Control

Are gloves, gowns, eyewear, and masks readily available?

Is clean linen covered?

Is clean linen kept separate from the dirty linen disposal?

Are refrigerator logs maintained and up to date in medicine and patient refrigerators?

Are medicines and food kept in separate refrigerators?

Are Sharps containers under 2/3 full?

Were employees eating or drinking in designated areas only? Staff should not have food or drinks in patient care areas.

Are there no items stored under the sink? Area under the sink must be locked.

Haz Mat & Waste

Is medical waste kept in red biohazard bags or containers?

Are secondary chemical containers labeled with product name, hazard label and manufacturer? Indicate any chemical that is in a container other than the original container.

Are chemicals stored separately from patient care contact or other clean items?

Is the Hazardous Chemical Inventory adequate and available to all employees? The hazardous chemical inventory list will be in the SDS book within the department.

Are appropriate procedures, instructions, or directions available for obtaining SDS? There should be instructions within the department to access the SDS.

Security

Is staff's personal items properly secured? Check for purses, billfolds, money, keys, etc. left out for you to take.

Are all employees wearing their ID badges in plain view?

Are all mechanical, electrical, janitorial, communications rooms locked? Indicate which rooms are not locked.

Are medications kept in locked rooms?

Medical Equipment

Does equipment not have any exposed wires? Check the plug for exposed wires.

Are all medical equipment tags current? Check all equipment for expiration dates. Leased equipment must also have been initially expected.

Does the equipment cleanliness, paint, wiring, and covers appear satisfactory?

The storage room doors will self close and latch? Ensure these doors are not propped open and close easily.

EOC Rounds Questions

Safety

Explain how to report an injury involving a staff member.

Security

Explain your response to a Code Silver.

Explain your response to a Code Pink.

Life Safety

What does RACE stand for?

Where is the nearest fire alarm pull station in your location?

Where is your nearest fire extinguisher?

Emergency

What is a Code Green?

Where are the MedSled Evacuation Sleds located?

Haz Mat and Waste

What goes into biohazard red bag waste?

Medical Equipment

How do you report a medical equipment problem?

Explain information found on the medical equipment sticker.

Utilities

If the power in the hospital fails, explain how to locate outlets powered by the emergency generator.

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.