A healthy workplace is attractive to both shareholders and managers. Positive safety culture can be the difference between success and failure in business. While it applies to all industries, it is particularly valid for the medical care sector.

Medical workers face a lot of difficulties, including health and safety challenges, and because of this, it is much more essential to create a safety culture within the organization. If you take health and safety seriously, you will be sure to create a workforce which is both safe and more committed.

This may seem disconcerting? Fortunately, it is possible to avoid and reduce the health and safety risks in the work environment for nurses. Follow these health and safety tips for new and vulnerable workers

  • Be careful with sharp objects

As indicated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 385,000 puncture-related injuries occur each year among healthcare workers in medical facilities. A needle prick, which healthcare workers are often vulnerable to, can lead to bloodborne pathogens entering the body. This is one of the main health and safety hazards experienced by nurses.

Nurses and other medical professionals have campaigned for a long time to raise awareness of the dangers of using needles in clinics and health care centers. Today, it is mandatory by law that these medical organizations use needles with safety caps, in addition to wearing gloves, veils, eye protection, and clothing to prevent injuries from cuts. The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act also expects managers to maintain a clear injury record and find a way to decrease the prevalence of such injuries.

It has to be said, according to David Rowland, Head of Marketing at Effective Software, that the responsibility for health and safety starts with the directors of a business. However, if they get this right, and instigate a cultural shift in their company, the benefits can include greater brand loyalty and a higher bottom line.

  • Wear suitable gloves to avoid latex allergy

Hypersensitivity to latex remains another key risk to the health of care workers. You should use latex gloves and at the same time consider patients with the ultimate goal of avoiding contact with lethal and hypersensitive substances. Unfortunately, the substances in these gloves are, for some people, dangerous enough to cause a painful rash. Some cases can be serious to the point of experiencing dangerous reaction such as anaphylactic shock.

  • Try not to tolerate violence in the workplace

According to OSHA, nurses are extremely vulnerable to abuse in the work environment, and such occurrences during busy times: dinner time, visiting hours, or when staff is low. Nurses who work alone in remote areas and, moreover, in areas of high crime, are at an even greater risk of experiencing abuse when they are at work.

It is a fact that health professionals are more vulnerable to certain risks than other professionals. Nurses are exposed to health and safety risks from the start of their shift until they clock off. However, there are approaches to limit and even avoid such dangers, and both health institutions and individual health workers must comply with their obligations to ensure safety in the workplace. Be vigilant, and follow the rules set by OSHA and other organizations so that you are the safest you can be whilst in work.

Published by Kate Westall