Patient-focused care has become a major strategic goal for many healthcare organizations, including smaller practices. But to be able to provide this type of care, the staff of a practice—from the doctors and nurses to administrative staff—must drive the effort. They are the lynchpin for patient-focused success.
One main strategy to get staff on board is to make sure they are happy and safe during their workday. Staff satisfaction can be directly tied to patient satisfaction, so it’s important to make sure employees feel they have a caring and safe work environment by complying with OSHA regulations.
In this recent Healthcare IT News article, "OSHA compliance: laying the groundwork for patient-focused care," Richard Best discusses how OSHA compliance is enabling organizations to lay the groundwork for patient-focused care and the types of benefits this affords both employees and patients.
Additionally, Best discusses how practices can best manage and maintain their OSHA compliance efforts through technology. From developing a written safety and health plan (sometimes called injury and illness prevention programs, accident prevention programs, etc.) along with other required plans such as a bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, a hazard communication plan, etc., to automating employee training, these types of technology can help organizations streamline compliance efforts and focus on patients.
Richard L. Best is Technical Director and Corporate Director of OSHA Compliance for Stericycle, Inc., a leader in the field of regulatory compliance, providing OSHA training at healthcare facilities.Dick completed his OSHA training at Rochester Institute of Technology’s OSHA Training Institute. He is a Certified Industrial Hygiene Manager, an OSHA Authorized Trainer, and an OSHA Safety Professional. He is a member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention.