Solutions for Safer Healthcare

Patients, Visitors, Guests to your Hospital, Urgent Care, Assisted Living or Senior Center

Our Healthcare customers keep patients, staff and facilities safe and secure at all times using our expert solutions. You’re caring for the body,minds and souls when they are vulnerable and need it the most. Seton’s innovative identification products, industry expertise and custom product manufacturing capability for healthcare environments.

Resources for Every Step of the Way

Our solutions are suited for the complexity of the healthcare industry – whether your institution  is a hospital or clinic, medical or dental practice activity, diagnostic laboratory, pharmacy, independent living or long-term assisted living center – Seton has innovative identification products to help you protect your organization.

Hospitals, Clinics & Practices

Many Hospitals, Clinics and Practices have the following areas where hazards found in the hospital setting have to meet both the OSHA General Industry standards as well as Joint Commission requirements. Seton’s Resource Center is pleased to provide convenient access to  OSHA’s Hospital eTool https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/ which highlights the areas needed identification products to communicate hazards and other important information to staff, patients and visitors on your healthcare campus.

Sources: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/references.html  

Central Supply

All Hospitals have a Central Supply department and area that may contain the following hazards that need to be marked with signs, labels tags.  The pipes transporting these chemicals around your hospital need to be marked according to ASTM A13.1 identification requirements.

  • OSHA Website Resources (The Globally Harmonized System is the new standard for chemical hazard identification. OSHA seeks to harmonize, on a global level, the classification of chemicals by their corresponding hazards.)

    • Ethylene Oxide. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic.

    • Ethylene Oxide. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

    • Ergonomics. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

  • Seton Resources aligned to GHS Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) and walking-working surface hazards that may cause a slip, a trip or a fall.

Engineering

Hazards Facility Maintenance staff are exposed to in the Engineering department (as listed below) mean guard, labels identifying hazards (i.e. pinch points, Lockout, confined spaces) as well as tags, signs and other identification communication equipment.

  • OSHA Website Resources

      • 1910.212, General requirements for all machines. OSHA Standard.

      • Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazard. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 81-123, (1981, January). Provides a table of contents of guidelines for many hazardous chemicals. The files provide technical chemical information, including chemical and physical properties, health effects, exposure limits, and recommendations for medical monitoring, personal protective equipment (PPE), and control procedures.
  • Seton Resources

    • Before Maintenance Confirm De-energizes Equipment  If the potential exists for the release of hazardous stored energy or for the re-accumulation of stored energy to a hazardous level, the employer must ensure that the employee(s) take steps to prevent injury that may result from the release of the stored energy.

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Housekeeping

Workers conducting housekeeping duties need to have ANSI Signs to reinforce proper personal protective equipment and to keep them informed of the SDS and chemicals in products they use on a daily basis to maintain the healthiest of environments.

  • OSHA Website Resources

Surgical

Identifying building systems – pipes containing gases – with proper pipe markers per ASTM A13.1 requirements

  • OSHA Website Resources
  • Seton Resources enhance Building Systems Identification.  Seton carries a wide variety of pipe marking products which are fully compliant with current ANSI/ASME standards as well as customizable to meet the specific needs of your systems. 

Healthcare Wide Hazards

Proper identification of hazards using ANSI signs, labels and tags containing key messages as well as infographic help workers whose native language is not English understand the hazards, take appropriate action, and ultimately reduce injuries due to miscommunication.

  • OSHA Website Resources:

    •  Ergonomics

  • Bloodborne Pathogens

 

  • Seton Resources:  Minimizing Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries and a significant contributor to worker-compensation claims. Three of the top then direct injury worker-compensation costs are falls on the same level, falls to a lower level and slip or trip without fall. Additionally, there is growing data from industry safety resources documenting non-employee pedestrian safety injuries from distracted walking.
      • Controlling your grounds, sidewalks and other areas of an organization’s parking lot face a number of safety challenges: speeding drivers, distracted pedestrians, and unaccompanied children, just to name a few. All this makes your signs, pavement markings, and crosswalks critical to keep people and vehicles “in their own lanes”. Seton’s safety professionals understand the MUTCD model for compliance which can help your organization achieve risk control and lessen liability.
      • Checklist for a Safe Parking Lot

Diagnostic Labs and Pharmacies

The following two areas have special labelling and identification requirements because of exposure risks to workers in these departments.  Global Harmonized Standard – GHS’s right to know expectations covers workers in these environments.

Laboratory & Pharmacy

Long Term Care Centers

A growth area within Healthcare is the LTCC – which has several of the same departments a hospital has and some added hazards associated with treating patients who are among the least mobile population.

Central Supply

    • Ethylene Oxide. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic.
    • Ethylene Oxide. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
    • Ergonomics. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.

Administration

Engineering

    • Please refer to OSHA and Seton Resources outlined in acute care for Machine Guarding, Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout). 

        • If your organization has guidelines for identification and organization, Seton will help you communicate them with intuitive infographics, filtering your policy down to all workers. 
      • Some use LIFO (Last in, First out). Some use FILO (First In, Last Out). Some use their own inventory controls. Whatever process your healthcare organization uses, Seton can help with inventory and inspection labels and more.   

Laundry

  • Seton Resources can help you place special transportation information and instructions on your packages. We also provide tools for shipments that require special handling, such as our Tip ’N’ Tell Indicator. 

Seton Services

Seton’s portfolio of services offers you a fresh set of experienced eyes to help your hazard prevention efforts in three ways: through safety, processing and mechanical services. We provide both fee-based and value-added services to complement our innovative products and solutions. For more information, and download a copy of Seton’s Services.