How-To Guide: Make the Workplace Safer
Build a safer workplace! These tools will help you identify and eliminate workplace safety hazards. They lay out the three steps to improve workplace safety: identify hazards, propose solutions and take action.
The Workplace Safety Primer shows the types of hazards health care workers face, the Labor Management Partnership approach to addressing them, and examples of how to uncover and address the causes of safety concerns.
Then find the tool that applies to the department or group you are working with (clinical lab staff, computer users and office staff, Environmental Services, and so on). Each tool includes a checklist that targets common hazards in those areas. They also include questions to flag safety training that might be necessary in the department, and a tracking chart to ensure that issues are addressed in a timely way. You can save the checklists on your computer and fill them out online before sharing with others. Or print them out and use them in your safety walkthroughs.
There's also a stand-alone version of the tracking chart that can be used in any department.
Email suggestions about these materials to Lizabeth Taghavi, KP’s director for Employee Health and Safety (Lizabeth.R.Taghavi [at] kp.org).
Find Your Department
- Make the Workplace Safer: Clinical Lab Staff A tool for spotting and correcting safety risks.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Computer Users Spot and correct safety risks.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Environmental Services Make your department safer today.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Food Service Workers What hazards need to be eliminated from your department?
- Make the Workplace Safer: Gardener and Groundskeeper Staff How to make groundskeeping work safer.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Imaging Tech Staff How to spot and eliminate safety issues.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Maintenance Staff Making maintenance work safer.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Material and Supplies Management Spot hazards and eliminate risks.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Nurses Providing Home Health Care Safety tips for home health nurses.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Nurses and Workers in Direct Patient Care Eliminate safety risks in your department.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Pharmacy Staff Spot the hazards in your department.
- Make the Workplace Safer: Sterile Processing Staff Questions for spotting workplace risks.