1. Physical Environment
Ensure that the facility complies with building and safety codes, has adequate ventilation, lighting, and temperature control systems, and meets accessibility requirements for disabled individuals.
2. Safety Programs
Establish written safety programs for hazardous materials, infection control, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery.
3. Security Management
Develop procedures for access control, alarm system management, and visitor management.
4. Fire Protection
Establish fire safety plans and have appropriate firefighting equipment in place.
5. Emergency Management
Create policies to address medical emergencies and natural disasters.
6. Medical Equipment
Ensure that all medical equipment is inspected, serviced, and maintained in safe working order.
7. Hazard Communication
Ensure that hazardous materials such as chemicals and medical waste are identified, stored properly, and disposed of safely in order to protect staff and visitors. Facilities should also provide training on how to handle hazardous materials safely and have procedures in place for responding to hazardous materials incidents.
8. Infection Control
This includes ensuring that all staff and visitors follow proper hand hygiene, proper use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and disinfection of surfaces used by patients. Facilities should also have policies in place for responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
9. Waste Management
A facility’s waste management procedures should include proper storage, collection, and disposal of medical waste. Facilities should also have measures in place to ensure that medical waste is segregated and disposed of safely in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
10. Utilities Management
Utilities management involves ensuring that all utility systems are properly maintained and functioning correctly. This includes water, air conditioning, heating, electrical, and gas systems. Facilities should inspect and test these systems regularly to ensure that they are safe and functioning properly.