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Workplace Safety Factors & Hazards - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter cover common types of safety hazards like physical, mechanical, ecological, thermal, and radiation hazards. You'll learn how to identify each and understand the threats they pose to health and safety. You'll learn about the following topics:
- Environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural influences on an individual's safety
- How to identify different types of hazards
- Common devices used to promote safety in nursing
The lessons in this chapter can be completed in 5 to 10 minutes while you're commuting or waiting in line since they are accessible from a smartphone in addition to a laptop or desktop. Test yourself after each lesson with a 5 question multiple choice quiz to see if there are any concepts you need to review more.
1. Influences on a Person's Safety: Individual, Environmental, Socioeconomic & Cultural
In this lesson, we discuss some of the various factors that influence a person's safety, including individual, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural factors.
2. How to Identify Physical & Mechanical Hazards
We are going to learn how to identify potential physical and mechanical hazards that exist in the healthcare setting. This lesson presents examples of possible hazards and explains why they may be hazardous.
3. How to Identify Ecological Hazards
This lesson explains the term ecological hazard. Next, we will look at different types of ecological hazards and why they are hazardous. Finally, we will highlight places in healthcare facilities where hazards exist.
4. How to Identify Thermal & Radiation Hazards
This lesson is going to cover the identification of thermal and radiation hazards that may appear in the healthcare environment. We will look at examples of each category of hazard as well.
5. Devices Used in Nursing to Promote Safety
Creating a safe environment that limits the risk of patient falls and injuries is a top priority for anyone in the nursing profession. In this lesson, you'll learn about the use of mobility devices, bed rails, and restraints to promote patient safety.
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