OSHA Tips for Safety in a Medical Setting


In a medical setting, safety management is a crucial business initiative that ensures employees, patients, and visitors feel safe and secure. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, states that people have a right to a safe work environment and that employers must take all necessary precautions to maintain safety in a workplace setting.

To ensure a safe and healthy work environment, there are many tips for maintaining safety in a medical setting including environmental safety, equipment safety, and proper handling of hazardous materials.
Environmental safety involves maintaining a safe environment for staff and patients. Medical offices can be a dangerous place if safety risks are not managed properly. No matter the environment – whether it is a waiting room, an exam room, or a reception area – all areas must be free of hazardous materials, comply with licensing regulations, and be sanitized. Additionally, any tools within these areas must be sterilized.

Equipment safety includes presenting graphic symbols or safety signs that help keep medical staff safe from accidents and injuries when on the job. Equipment must also be tested regularly to make sure everything is functioning properly and is in good condition.

Depending on the type of treatment that medical offices provide, some may have hazardous chemicals or materials on site. OSHA requires that medical offices disclose all information about hazardous materials on site, including a written list, so that medical staff can avoid contact and contamination.

For those interested in a career in the medical field, knowing and adhering to the safety procedures of the clinic or facility you work in is key to maintaining a healthy environment for you, your coworkers, and your patients. For information about our various diploma and degree programs, and to learn more about what you can do to ensure a safe workspace after graduating, contact Arizona College.

Information in this blog post is accurate as of July 11, 2012.