Safety Culture in Healthcare Settings

Preface

Healthcare workers face hazards to their health and safety every day as they provide healthcare and other services to patients. These exposures can result in illnesses and injuries, days away from work, disabilities, and even death. Hazardous work environments also create substantial stress and stress-related adverse outcomes, including disruption of work-life balance.

Studies continue to show high levels of non-fatal injuries and illnesses, insufficient recognition of the broad range of workplace hazards, and an uneven culture of safety in healthcare organizations. To make all healthcare settings safer and healthier, it will be critical to establish strong and effective safety culture in all settings. To meet this need, this new course provides healthcare workers with training on the important topics of workplace hazards and safety culture. It aims to equip those who complete the course with targeted strategies for prevention and control to be carried out within the context of a management framework that supports a strong, effective, and sustained culture of safety for healthcare workers. Participants will learn about key elements of safety culture, including occupational safety and health laws and standards, resources, and ethical principles to support safe practice. In addition, participants will learn about five work-related hazard categories and work tasks involving exposure to these hazards. It is our hope that lessons learned from this course will empower healthcare workers to be safer and healthier.

David N. Weissman, MD, Director Respiratory Health Division  National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

David N. Weissman MD
Director
Respiratory Health Division
National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health

Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Consultant Adjunct Professor University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Bonnie Rogers DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN
National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health Consultant
Adjunct Professor University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Page last reviewed: April 28, 2022