Safety officers involved in more than safety
By Bob Meloche, Safety Manager, Eisenhower Army Medical Center
January 2, 2019 1 / 25 Students in Cold-Weather Operations Course 19-01 practice snowshoeing, Dec. 6, 2018, at Fort McCoy, Wis. The course is 14 days long and includes training in a wide range of cold-weather subjects, including skiing and snowshoe training, using the ahkio sleds, setting up the Arctic 10-person cold-weather tent, and more. Training also focuses on terrain and weather analysis, risk management, cold-weather clothing, developing winter fighting positions in the field, and camouflage and concealment. VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 25 A Soldier uses a pickaxe to dig a trench to divert flood waters away from a barracks building at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 15, 2018. Soldiers from multiple units joined together to respond to the flooding in order to protect their living quarters. VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 25 A U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tank crew from 2nd Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division maneuver to position their tank in advance of their next mission during exercise Combined Resolve XI in Hohenfels, Germany, Dec. 10, 2018. CBRXI at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center is the final exercise in 1-1 CD's rotation in support of Atlantic Resolve in Europe, which evaluates the interoperability of U.S. Forces with their NATO allies and partners. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ron Lee, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment, 1ABCT, 1CD released) VIEW ORIGINAL 4 / 25 U.S. Soldiers gather for a brief during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij, Syria, Nov. 7, 2018. Continued assistance to partner forces is essential for setting conditions for regional stability. The Coalition and its partners remain united and resolved to prevent the resurgence of ISIS and its violent extremist ideology. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoe Garbarino) VIEW ORIGINAL 5 / 25 U.S. Army Rangers assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, walk back to the equipment turn-in point on the beach following a helocast insertion at Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii, Nov. 14, 2018. 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy waterborne operations, off the coast of Hawaii, offers a unique training environment and partnership opportunity for United States Army Special Operations Forces and the 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Ryan DeBooy) VIEW ORIGINAL 6 / 25 A CH-47 crew chief observes the terrain and air space of Afghanistan during a flight operation, Oct. 14 2018. As a CH-47 crew chief, he is responsible for air surveillance and attending to any in-flight maintenance. VIEW ORIGINAL 7 / 25 A Soldier participates with Polish Soldiers for a combatives demonstration in Boleslawiec, Poland, Nov. 9, 2018. The 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, has participated in a number of joint activities with the host Polish 23rd Field Artillery Regiment in Boleslawviec in order to strengthen interoperability between U.S. and NATO forces to support Atlantic Resolve in Europe. VIEW ORIGINAL 8 / 25 Paratroopers provide emergency medical care to a simulated casualty during a live-fire exercise alongside British paratroopers, Nov. 16, 2018, in Kenya, Africa, as part of Operation Askari Storm. Paratroopers with 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, participated in the international partner training operation. VIEW ORIGINAL 9 / 25 U.S. and Turkish Soldiers carry a simulated casualty to a helicopter during rehearsals at Gaziantep, Turkey, Oct. 13, 2018. The rehearsal allowed the two countries to strengthen joint tactics before engaging in combined joint patrols outside Manbij, Syria. In accordance with the Manbij Roadmap and Manbij Security Principles, U.S. and Turkish military forces continue to work together to ensure security and stability in the region. VIEW ORIGINAL 10 / 25 Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force -- Operation Inherent Resolve, await aerial extraction via CH-47 Chinook during an aerial response force live-fire training exercise in Iraq, Oct. 31, 2018. A number of training initiatives, collectively known as the Iraqi Air Enterprise, is underway across the Iraqi Air Force, Army Aviation, and Air Defense Commands. Continued growth towards Iraqi Security Forces self-sufficiency will permit the Coalition to adjust the role and number of Coalition forces in Iraq in response to changing support requirements of the ISF. VIEW ORIGINAL 11 / 25 U.S. Soldier assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force -- Operation Inherent Resolve, fires a Javelin anti-tank missile near Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 26, 2018. The Javelin was a part of a live-fire, react to contact training exercise involving M2A1 and M240B machine guns. AAAB is a CJTF-OIR enhanced partner capacity location dedicated to training partner forces and enhancing their effectiveness. VIEW ORIGINAL 12 / 25 A High Mobility Rocket Artillery System fires an M31 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System during exercise Black Oryx, in Amman, Jordan, Oct. 24, 2018. Black Oryx, an annual bilateral exercise, is designed to strengthen relationships and military capabilities between the U.S. and Jordan Armed Forces. VIEW ORIGINAL 13 / 25 Army indirect fire infantrymen assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, operate the M121 120 mm mortar system during live-fire training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 19, 2018. During the live-fire training the paratroopers honed their crew served weapon skills by conducting fire missions at night utilizing the M252 81 mm and M121 120 mm mortar systems. VIEW ORIGINAL 14 / 25 U.S. service members transfer the remains of former President George H.W. Bush at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 03, 2018. Military and civilian personnel assigned to Joint Task Force-National Capital Region provided ceremonial and civil affairs support during President George H.W. Bush's state funeral. VIEW ORIGINAL 15 / 25 Green Berets assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), high carry zodiac boats during a company team-building event, Oct. 30, 2018, at Fort Carson, Colo. The team building events, which included a ruck march, boat carries, a river run, and a 5-mile run, helped build company cohesion and esprit de corps. VIEW ORIGINAL 16 / 25 More than 200 Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division stepped off on a 18.64 mile ruck march at 5 a.m. in honor of Chaplain Emil Kapaun, an Army chaplain who was forced to march 87 miles to a prisoner of war camp during the Korean war in 1950. The annual event, organized by Maj. Jason Palmer, assistant 1st Cavalry Division chaplain, memorializes Chaplain Kapaun and highlights the selfless service and honor of First Team Soldiers. Remembering those who came before us. VIEW ORIGINAL 17 / 25 An M1 Abrams Tank master gunner, assigned to Task Force Raider, performed a remote-fire procedure, to ensure the tank's proper functions at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, Nov. 6. Since first coming into service in 1980, the M1 Abrams tank has become a staple of U.S. Army ground forces. The 67-ton behemoth has since made a name for itself as an incredibly tough, powerful tool�that has successfully transitioned from a Cold War-era blunt instrument to a tactical modern lethal weapon. VIEW ORIGINAL 18 / 25 A Soldier with the 25th Aviation Regiment embraces his family at a ceremony honoring the troops prior to their deployment at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Jun. 5, 2018. The 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment will support Operation Freedom's Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support in Central Command's area of responsibility. VIEW ORIGINAL 19 / 25 Members of the 46th Engineer Battalion aided fellow service members in the recovery of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., following Hurricane Michael, Nov. 1, 2018. VIEW ORIGINAL 20 / 25 Soldiers from 1-151 Infantry Battalion complete their live fire training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La. This training requires Soldiers to be able to move and maneuver as a team using live fire rounds. The JRTC has an incredibly life like simulation area of operation for troops to get the best training possible. VIEW ORIGINAL 21 / 25 A combat medic assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, readies his equipment before embarking on his final evaluation lane for the Expert Field Medical Badge, Nov. 6, 2018, at Fort Bragg, N.C. VIEW ORIGINAL 22 / 25 Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Drill Team, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), perform after the conclusion of the 4th Annual Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade in Philadelphia, Nov. 4, 2018. VIEW ORIGINAL 23 / 25 A High Mobility Rocket Artillery System fires an M31 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System during exercise Black Oryx, in Amman, Jordan, Oct. 24, 2018. Black Oryx is an annual bilateral exercise, is designed to strengthen relationships and military capabilities between the U.S. and Jordan Armed Forces. VIEW ORIGINAL 24 / 25 Paratroopers compete against each other during the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion's commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the Waal River Crossing, Oct. 3, 2018, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The paratroopers were competing to cross the lake five times in honor of Pfc. Willard Jenkins, killed by enemy fire while manning a rudder during the WWII river assault. VIEW ORIGINAL 25 / 25 Paratroopers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, observe as a door-breaching charge detonates, Nov. 6, 2018, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Engineers conducted the demolitions training to keep their breaching skills current and ensure the battlefield mobility of the brigade's maneuver, reconnaissance and logistics elements. VIEW ORIGINAL
Eisenhower Army Medical Center
I frequently get asked to comment on the role of a Safety professional in health care. Allow me to offer some insight.
Safety is a different issue in health care, as compared to general industry. In the general industry, Occupational Health and Safety Administration compliance is king, and takes most of the efforts of the safety professional to ensure compliance. That isn't the situation in health care. While OSHA compliance is still important, it doesn't take nearly as much of the safety professional's efforts as Life Safety does. The main reason why is you have patients that are non-ambulatory and incapable of self-preservation in the hospital in the event of a fire. You also have 5 or 6 different agencies (Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MEDCOM, Rodriguez Army Health Clinic, Fort Gordon fire inspector) that expect you to comply with the National Fire Protection Association 101 Life Safety Code, and they frequently inspect our facilities
The whole concept of Life Safety pertains to getting out of the building alive if it is on fire. In other words, the Life Safety Code is primarily (but not wholly) building oriented. This translates to the Safety professional working hand in hand with the hospital facilities management team. This way, if the Safety professional needs assistance in changing something at DDEAMC, he/she already has a certain built-in cooperation because the facility person is directly involved with the Safety Office.
The Safety professional is a person who is often seen walking though departments and clinics, ensuring visibility with Eisenhower Army Medical Center's staff. The Safety professional builds a positive relationship with others, ensuring they are seen as a resource, not a hindrance.
Construction, renovation and maintenance activities often compromise life safety codes. Fire suppression systems are temporarily taken off line, resulting in the need for a fire watch, or fire exits doors may be blocked, causing the rerouting of egress paths.
Safety professionals ensure patient, staff and contractor safety -- and fulfill TJC compliance requirements -- through a comprehensive an interim life safety measures program that compensates for deficiencies.
In a complete life cycle approach, we assess the risks to life safety, and train our staff and contractor personnel. We study every phase to identify hazards and determine preventive measures. Throughout the project, we audit life safety procedures to verify compliance with both TJC policies and your own standards.
The world of hospital safety is constantly changing, whether it's complying with new requirements from CMS and The Joint Commission, being ready for a natural disaster, or dealing with violence in the emergency department, EAMC Safety provides assets and knowledge designed to assist in reducing risk, ensure regulatory compliance, and train the staff.
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