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1 Safety in the Workplace

2 Body Mechanics The way in which the body moves and maintains balance while making the most efficient use of all its parts.


4 Reasons for Using Good Body Mechanics
Muscles work best when used properly Correct use of muscles makes lifting, pulling and pushing easier Correct applications of body mechanics prevents unnecessary fatigue and strain and saves energy Correct application of body mechanics prevents injury to self and others

5 8 Basic Rules of Good Body Mechanics
1.Maintain a Broad Base of support Feet 8-10 inches apart One foot slightly forward Balance weight on both feet Point toes in the direction of movement Bend from the hips and knees to get close to an object and keep back straight - Do not bend from the waist

6 Use the strongest muscles to do the job.
- located in the shoulders, upper arms, hips and thighs Use the weight of your body to push or pull an object. - push, pull or slide instead of lift Carry heavy object close to your body. Avoid twisting your body. Turn your body and feet to change direction Avoid bending for a long period of time. If a patient or object is too heavy, get help.



9 Preventing Accidents & Injuries
Use MSDS – Material Safety Data Sheets Must provide product information Protection or precautions while handling product Instructions for the use of the product Procedures for handling spills, clean-up and disposal of product Emergency 1st aid for injuries from product



12 Equipment and Solutions
Do not operate or use any equipment until you have been instructed on its use Read and follow operating instructions Do not operate any equipment unless your instructor is in the room Report all damaged or malfunction equipment immediately Do not use frayed or damaged electrical cords

13 Never use solution in bottles that are not labeled
Read all labels 3 times to be sure you have the correct solution Do not mix any solutions together unless your instructor tell you Avoid contact with skin or eyes Report all broken equipment and clean up any spills


15 Patient /Resident Safety
Do not perform any procedure unless you have been instructed to Provide privacy for patients/residents – knock, call the persons name before going behind a drawn curtain, draw curtain for privacy before performing a procedure Always identity your patient. Ask their name, check wrist bands, check chart

16 Always explain the procedure to the patients
Always explain the procedure to the patients. Answer questions and get consent Observe patient safety Check all patient areas for safety hazards. Report any unsafe conditions. Before leaving patients – be sure patient is comfortable, bed is in the lowest position, bedrails are up, wheels of the bed are locked, and call bell within their reach.

17 Personal Safety It is your responsibility to protect yourself from injury Use correct body mechanics Wear required uniform and ID Walk don’t run, walk on the right Report all injuries and accidents to your supervisor If you see an unsafe situation, report it Wash your hands frequently

18 Dry your hands through before using electrical equipment
When carrying/lifting a patient, review procedure with your partner. NO horseplay or practical jokes


20 Fire Safety For a fire to start it needs three things
Fuel – anything that will burn Oxygen/air Heat – sparks, fire, flames

21 Fire Extinguishers Class A Class B Class C Class ABC water
Carbon dioxide Class C Dry chemical Class ABC Graphite type chemical Can be used on all fires

22 Fire Emergency Plan Move all patients and personnel in immediate danger Activate alarm Close all doors and windows Shut off electrical equipment and oxygen Do not use the elevators

23 RACE R A C E Rescue anyone in immediate danger Activate alarm
Confine the fire E Extinguish the fire

24 PASS P – pull pin A – aim nozzle at base of fire S – squeeze handle
S – sweep base of fire

25 Evacuation Plans Move horizontally first
All fire doors will automatically close Move vertically Move ambulatory patients first, then those that need help Do not use the floors directly above or below for evacuation

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