Environmental policies and procedures and their purposes.


        A set of policies are principles, rules, and guidelines formulated or adopted by an organization to reach its long-term goals and typically published in a booklet or other form that is widely accessible.

Policies and procedures are designed to influence and determine all major decisions and actions, and all activities take place within the boundaries set by them. Procedures are the specific methods employed to express policies in action in day-to-day operations of the organization. Together, policies and procedures ensure that a point of view held by the governing body of an organization is translated into steps that result in an outcome compatible with that view.

Examples:

  1. Safety/risk management,
  2. Disaster plans,
  3. Bomb threat,
  4. Infection control procedures,
  5. Hazard communication,
  6. Radiation protection measures,
  7. Fire plan,
  8. Evacuation plan (floor/exit plan),
  9. Toxic chemical and MSDS (material safety data sheets) protocols,
  10. Oxygen usage.

Safety equipment is any equipment specifically designed to minimize injury or death. It might be built right into a product or it may be a stand-alone product. 

Examples:

  1. Fire extinguishers.
  2. Eye wash station,
  3. PPE (personal protective equipment).

Environment safety hazards examples:

  1. Wet floors                                                       
  2. Cluttered paths of travel
  3. Unlocked wheels
  4. Side rails (Suffocation/asphyxia)
  5. Bed Elevation
  6. Improper shoes or dress
  7. Slippery surfaces
  8. Out-of-reach items
  9. Dim/reduced lighting
  10. Frayed cords
  11. Improper use of assistive devices
  12. Hot liquids/food
  13. Smoking
  14. Exposure to weather
  15. Uncontained chemicals
  16. Sharps
  17. Gas Leaks.
  18. Fire