Member Forum on Workplace Safety Scheduled
Posted on March 16, 2018
Hospitals can be dangerous places to work, and the continual possibility of physical, psychological and emotional harm can contribute to caregiver burnout. Proper planning and training can reduce the risk related to violence, and the MHA is conducting a member forum to provide workplace safety guidance.
Healthcare leaders can reduce workplace violence by ensuring risk assessment and emergency planning are thorough, policies and procedures are established and followed, internal and external communication is developed and implemented, and budgeting and staffing are appropriate. It is also important to learn from organizations that have experienced crisis incidents, such as Covenant HealthCare, Saginaw, which experienced an active shooter incident in 2017. They can describe the most surprising and challenging parts of handling a crisis situation and approaches to alleviate them.
The MHA will host the workplace safety member forum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 22 at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine located near the Covenant HealthCare campus. Members may also participate virtually. In addition to the Covenant case study, experts in risk management and security will outline activities the executive team must perform to effectively assess risk, mitigate threats, communicate, and train employees.
In the future, the MHA and the MHA Keystone Center will offer training in specific areas of workplace safety, particularly for clinical teams. This member forum is designed for members of the leadership team, including chief executive, medical and nursing officers and leaders in human resources and security.
Members must register for the forum and select the option of attending in person or virtually. There is no registration fee for this event. On-site attendance is limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions about the member forum should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA. Questions about registration should be directed to Andrea Duguay at the MHA.
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