Workplace Safety Tool Kit
Perioperative nurses are confronted with numerous occupational hazards that pose a risk of personal injury in the perioperative setting. Occupational hazards may have other negative impacts including:
- An unsafe workplace contributes to work-related injuries and diseases that often result in physical, emotional, and financial difficulties for the perioperative nurse.
- An unsafe workplace contributes to patient injuries.
- Occupational injuries resulting from an unsafe workplace have a financial impact to the health care organization through increased costs and a reduced ability to provide services.
- Occupational hazards in the workplace have been identified as one of the major contributors to nurses leaving the profession, contributing to the growing nursing shortage.
AORN Commitment to Workplace Safety
The Association is committed to the creation and maintenance of a safe perioperative work environment to protect all of those present in the workplace and provide safe patient care. AORN supports research that is directed toward creating and maintaining safe work environments.
AORN further supports the Environmental Protection Agency, NIOSH, Occupational Safety and Health Association, and state and local regulations that promote workplace safety in the perioperative environment.
AORN Workplace Safety Resources
AORN and OSHA Alliance
AORN and OSHA had a formal alliance agreement between December 2006 and November 2012. During this time frame the following resources for creating and maintaining a safe workplace were produced.
Center for Disease Control Resources
American Nurses Association Resources
Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety
The Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) is an incorporated multidisciplinary coalition of professional organizations whose members are involved in the care of surgical patients
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