Home Healthcare Worker Safety Checklist

Home Healthcare Worker Safety

My home health employer has an active safety program with a safety manager and a safety committee that includes employees from across the company

My employer provides initial and annual safety training

Annual training reviews new safety issues identified throughout the previous year

I have received training in ergonomics and safe patient handling and have a way to obtain necessary ergonomic equipment for the home I work in

Training includes latex allergy hazards, and nonlatex gloves are made available

The bloodborne pathogens plan is part of training, is updated annually, and is always available to workers

I am a part of the selection process for needle devices with safety features

I consistently follow standard precautions with all blood and potentially infectious materials

I have a properly labeled, leak-proof, puncture-resistant sharps container

An infection control plan has been developed

I consistently follow infection control and prevention measures (e.g., hand washing)

I am taught how to identify stressors and techniques for reduction

I have access to an employee assistance plan or other means of counseling support

There is a no-weapons policy for patient homes, or a policy requiring weapons to be disabled and locked up before the worker arrives

Locations of new patients are researched to determine local crime statistics

I am taught how to recognize violent or aggressive behavior and how to defuse an angry patient

I am taught to recognize illegal drug activities

I am taught what to do if I feel uncomfortable about a patient’s community or if I believe that I am in danger

Iam taught how to identify verbal abuse and what to do about it

There is an animal control policy requiring animals to be restrained

I am taught how to deal with bad weather

I am taught what to do in the event of a chemical spill or an act of terrorism

I am taught safe driving skills and how to report incidents and traffic offenses

My employer verifies safe driving records for all home healthcare providers

I have a cell phone or other reliable way to communicate with an employer or law enforcement

I am taught to observe surroundings and park in well-lit areas, away from visual obstructions

I wear sturdy, low-heeled, slip-resistant shoes


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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.