It is clear that patient safety is the cornerstone of what healthcare professional focus on, however certified healthcare leaders are also ethically responsible for the providing a safe work environment for healthcare workers as well. In central service departments there are many obvious risks from instruments, equipment and machinery used to reprocess devices but other less obvious risks ranging from hazard chemicals to microorganisms are also important to address. Central service technicians have the right to know about these risks, and it is management’s responsibility and leadership’s ethical obligation to maintain a safe work environment.
“Making safety a part of everyday practice is essential for establishing a safe work environment”
To discuss Management’s responsibility to support workplace safety, STERIS University has partnered with IAHCSMM’s Communiqué magazine to provide you with a CHL Self-Study Lesson Plan. This lesson plan provides IAHCSMM Members with ongoing education focusing on supervisory or management issues. This lesson is designed for CHL re-certification, but can be of value to any CRCST in a management or supervisory role. Each quiz with a passing score of 70% or higher is worth 2 CEs towards CHL or CRCST re-certification.
To review the Self-Study article and earn CE Credit
Learning Objectives for this CHL Self-Study Lesson Plan are to…
1. Identify safety resources that support leadership and management responsibility in the Central Service department
2. Review three common workplace hazards: chemical/sterilant inhalation, skin contact and eye contact
3. Explain the importance of maintaining a safe work environment within the Central Service department