A guide to hospital health and safety

29th October 2013 - Fine Cut

Health and safety is an important aspect of any job, but ensuring measures are in place to protect both members of staff and the general public can often be difficult and taxing.

For this reason, companies across a range of industries often avoid adopting a strategy to prevent accidents from taking place - but those that do so put their employees' lives at risk and face prosecution.

While hospitals are associated with helping individuals recover from injury or illness, there are still several risks for the staff who work there on a daily basis. Similarly, one minor mistake brought on by a lack of health and safety knowledge could endanger patients as well.

Clear labelling is vital for any hospital environment, as it means medical staff can quickly and effectively do their job - whether it be administering medication for ill individuals, or cleaning equipment in an effective manner.

Fine Cut's dedicated team of engineers understands the important part accurate labels can play in such a fast-paced environment, while we strive to achieve the best possible results for customers across a range of industries.

Why medical labels?

At Fine Cut, we cater for both short and long run batches to provide a variety of labels for use in hospitals. All of our medical labels are manufactured from high-quality materials that feature a range of permanent and high tac adhesive combinations for long-lasting performance.

Among the uses for our products include equipment identification, safety labelling, inventory numbering, asset marking, collection tube labels, cardiac equipment and analytical instruments.

By requesting our services, hospitals could prevent accidents from taking place, protecting the wellbeing of both patients and employees.

Hazards in the workplace

Medical staff face several health and safety hazards on a regular basis, from potential chemical and drug exposures to slips and trips. However, such incidents can be prevented with an effective strategy in place.

In fact, more employees are injured in the healthcare industry than many others, due to the high number of risks involved with the job.

Infections

Infectious diseases are among the biggest dangers for individuals employed in the healthcare sector. The delivery of medical services requires a range of employees - including nurses, laboratory workers and physicians - who are found in a variety of settings.

However, the diversity of roles within the sector makes avoiding exposure to infectious diseases extremely challenging.

Some infections can travel through the air through very small particles or droplet nuclei containing infectious agents. They can also be transported from person to person through coughs, sneezes or talking. Some medical procedures can also lead to transmission.

Clearly labelled handwash stations should be utilised by hospitals to encourage members of staff to wash their hands after dealing with patients.

Other hazards

Medical staff face many other hazards in the workplace on a regular basis, particularly if health and safety protocol is not followed. Chemicals, hazardous drugs and materials that cause allergic reactions are among the main issues.

Cleanliness is an important factor that should be considered in any medical setting. Dedicated cleaners are responsible for reducing the risk of contamination by carrying out regular checks in hospitals and other facilities, while regular staff and visitors can also do their bit by washing their hands.

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