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Health and Safety at SLMHC
Infection Prevention and Control
The primary goal of our Infection Prevention and Control department is to protect clients/patients/residents, staff and visitors from hospital-associated infections. The Infection Prevention and Control department actively monitors and promotes best practices in infection prevention and control. One of our core functions is to focus on strategies to protect client/patients/residents, staff and others from exposure to infections. These strategies include audits, policies and procedures development, education, product review, reprocessing and environmental cleaning practice reviews.
Infection Prevention and Control is also responsible for surveillance of best practice measures throughout the hospital. The department actively monitors the patient care unit to ensure these best practice protocols are followed. Information and data collected are shared with the multidisciplinary team, managers, physicians and appropriate committees.
Occupational Health and Safety
We believe that healthy and safe employees mean better services for our patients. We are also invested in the health and safety of our employees because we care about them and we want to help them do their best work in a clean and safe environment. The protection of employees from injury or occupational disease is a major objective. Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre will make every effort to provide a safe, healthy work environment for all employees. We support supervisors and workers in the continuing objective of reducing workplace injuries.
We concentrate on safe work practices, safe work conditions, proper hygiene practices, and the control of infections. The Occupational Health department monitors worker training, workplace inspections, the prevention of occupational disease, maintenance and repairs, housekeeping, personal protective equipment, and an immunization program.
Supervisors will be held accountable for the health and safety of workers under their supervision. Supervisors are responsible to ensure that machinery and equipment are safe, and that workers work in compliance with established safe work practices and procedures. We work to ensure that workers receive adequate training in their specific work tasks to protect their health and safety. Additionally, supervisors are responsible to ensure workers wear any, and all, personal protective equipment required for their job.
At Occupational Health and Safety, we work to educate SLMHC staff on his or her own health and safety responsibilities by working in compliance with the law and with safe work practices established by the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.
Here at SLMHC, we are dedicated to patient safety. We prioritize our employees and physicians’ hand hygiene to reduce the spread of germs amongst everyone in our facilities and communities we serve. We regularly monitor Hand Hygiene Compliance, as patient and resident health and safety is a high priority.
Find out more about Patient Safety
Visit our Patient Safety page to view our 2020-2022 Patient Safety Plan.
and learn more about Patient Safety here at SLMHC.