The Hospital Safety Professional’s Handbook, Fifth Edition

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The Hospital Safety Professional’s Handbook, Fifth Edition

Steven A. MacArthur
Cindy Taylor, ARM, CSPHP

This trusted resource is your guide through the complex and changing world of healthcare safety and regulatory compliance. Completely updated, this book removes the stress from the role of healthcare safety professional by providing straightforward coverage of all the most important topics, including life safety and emergency management scenarios, keeping up with The Joint Commission, and the increased presence of CMS in the safety space.

The Hospital Safety Professional’s Handbook, Fifth Edition, gives you the necessary resources to handle evolving safety requirements. With a new emphasis on risk assessment, emergency planning, and complex issues such as hazardous waste disposal, this is the one handbook you need to handle all of your safety duties!

This book will help you:

  • Emphasize risk assessment as a core measure of planning, growth, and continuity of operations
  • Meet the regulatory requirements related to life safety and emergency management
  • Train hospital staff on communication and safety topics, including safety-related staff competency requirements based on revised Joint Commission standards
  • Clarify key issues such as the 96-hour rule, corridor clutter, Sentinel Event Alerts, and more
  • Strategically integrate building safety and patient safety, infection control, and relevant National Patient Safety Goals
  • Navigate the safety director’s role during construction and renovation projects


Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: An Overview: The Hospital Safety Professional
  • Chapter 2: Managing Risks in Healthcare
  • Chapter 3: Setting Up and Organizing Your Program
  • Chapter 4: Budgeting for Safety
  • Chapter 5: Creating a Safety Manual
  • Chapter 6: Safety & Security Management
  • Chapter 7: Hazardous Materials and Wastes
  • Chapter 8: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies (Including Utility Systems Capabilities)
  • Chapter 9: Life and Fire Safety Management (Including ILSMs)
  • Chapter 10: Medical Equipment and Utilities
  • Chapter 11: Performance Improvement/Effective Organization/Management of Your EOC Committee
  • Chapter 12: Education and Training
  • Chapter 13: Final Recommendations


About the Authors:

Steven A. MacArthur is a consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Massachusetts. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare physical environment and safety fields—including more than 20 years in acute care hospitals—to his work with hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country. MacArthur provides on-site safety assessments and helps healthcare facilities prepare for and respond to Joint Commission/CMS accreditation and OSHA compliance surveys. MacArthur also consults and presents on The Joint Commission’s Environment of Care, Life Safety Code®, and Emergency Management standards; CMS’ physical environment Conditions of Participation; and the guidelines and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Public Health. He is the author of HCPro’s Hospital Safety Director’s Handbook, Fifth Edition, and contributing editor of HCPro’s Briefings on Hospital Safety; he also writes for Mac’s Safety Space, HCPro’s Hospital Safety Center blog (www.hospitalsafetycenter.com).

Cindy Taylor, ARM, CSPHP, has been director of environmental health and safety at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill for the last 20 years. Taylor is responsible for program management and consultation on environmental health and safety issues, workers’ compensation claims and return to work activities, hazardous materials and waste management, industrial hygiene, and environmental compliance (including Resource Conservation and Recovery Act pharmaceutical waste management and the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan). She’s also responsible for life safety, laser safety, radiation safety, regulatory compliance, and ergonomics. Taylor additionally served as director of emergency preparedness for several years. Prior to her current position, Taylor was employed as the risk manager for loss prevention and prior to that as a risk management specialist for UNC Hospitals’ self-insurance program for medical malpractice. Before working at UNC Hospitals, she was employed in the district attorney’s office in Orange and Chatham as a criminal investigator.


Published: September 2015

Page count: 224
Dimensions: 8.5x11
ISBN: 978-1-55645-087-7