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Work areas are neat and orderly

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Is there a step stool/ ladder available for reaching overhead objects?

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Is eating and drinking prohibited in work areas?

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Supplies and stock not stored on floors or under sinks (small quantities of cleaning products only)?

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All lights are operating properly?

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Storage rooms are clean and orderly and shelving is secure?

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Temporary equipment in corridor is placed on one side of hall?

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Check Nurse call system including bath room alarms.

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No sharp edges on furniture or equipment?

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Computer, electrical and phone cords are secured and bundled when appropriate?

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Office and work stations are ergonomically correct. Chairs are adjustable and employees know how to make adjustments? Casters roll freely?

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Tile and carpet are in good condition (no missing pieces, holes, flaps or tears) Rugs available and in good condition when needed?

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Staff clothing and footwear are appropriate?

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Stretchers, beds, wheelchairs and carts are in good working order?

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Emergency pull cord present and working in the bath room, not more than 6 inches from floor? (Check at least one patient room).

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Proper personal Protective equipment (PPE) provided and being worn?

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Are universal and standard precautions followed?

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Is excess water removed from floors or shower/ therapy areas?

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Is area free of Slip, Trip, Fall hazards?

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Are wet areas identified, barricaded and only mopped 1/2 at a time?

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Are drawers and cabinet doors kept closed?

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Teamwork promoted and encouraged?

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Poll at least two employees to evaluate their knowledge of various employee safety and security programs (role during various codes).

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Observe employee using proper body mechanics for materials handling.

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Observe staff repositioning a patient in bed ( I.e., pulling patient up in bed).

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Observe staff transferring patient to different level (I.e., from chair to bed).

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Observe a lateral transfer (I.e., bed to stretcher or exam table).

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Are all employees wearing name badge/ identification?

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Are vendors and contractors wearing proper identification?

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Interior and exterior lighting is adequate?

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Are unauthorized people questioned?

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Department is secured after hours?

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Are restricted access rooms (medication, EVS, offices) secured as required?

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Employee valuables stored in a secure area?

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Hospital property properly secured?

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Access controlled to the public and/or unauthorized persons?

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Safe room available in ED?

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Is employee able to verbalize signs for identifying agitated individuals and techniques to de-escalate a situation?

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Controlled access areas are operating accordingly?

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Additional notes.

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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.