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2014

Safe Employees… Safer Hospital…

An occupational hazard has been a long-standing concern of the health care industry as well as employee working in health care setup. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, U.S. hospitals recorded 2,53,700 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2011, which is 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees. The injury and illness rate in hospitals is higher than the rates in construction and manufacturing two industries that are traditionally thought to be relatively hazardous. National Safety Council (NSC) reports that hospital employees are 41% more likely to need time off due to injury or illness than employees in other industries.

Hospitals are large, organizationally complex, system driven institutions employing large numbers of workers from different professional streams. Hospitals are potentially hazardous workplaces and employees are exposed to a wide range of physical, chemical, biological and psychological hazards. Due to complexity in system and process, the chance of breach in protocol or human error particularly while dealing with hazards are very likely which may have grave impact on human lives. Controlling and minimizing workplace hazards for healthcare personnel in hospitals present a unique challenge because the health and wellbeing of hospital patients must also be considered. Exposures to occupational hazards throughout hospital departments are highly variable and hence to create a safe working environment for employee it is very crucial to understands and practices 3I.

  • Identify the sources of occupational hazard

  • Identify the adverse health effects resulting from particular source

  • Identify & practices appropriate measure to prevent / eliminate hazards

It is very essential to have healthy, safe and motivated workforce without that the public health goals of the country cannot be met.


Dr. Mahesh Patel
Quality & Patient Safety Officer
Apollo Hospitals International Limited, Ahmedabad

Dr. Mahesh is Quality & Patient Safety Officer at Apollo Hospitals International Limited, Ahmedabad, a pioneer and one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia. He is associated with Apollo Hospitals Group for more than 7 years, where he is playing a leadership role in designing and instituting systems that promotes patient safety. He is a key member of various Operational & Quality Steering committees and is actively involved in implementing Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Initiatives. He has worked extensively on setup quality management system including indicator monitoring.

Dr. Mahesh Patel has a medical background and management credentials from Apollo Institute of Hospitals Administration, Hyderabad. He is also serving as a Visiting Faculty & External Examiner at Dept. of Hospital Management, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University (HNGU), Patan since year 2009.

Dr. Mahesh has presented many papers pertaining to his field, delivered talks on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and has many publications too.

His special interest includes Lean Management, Process & System Innovations through IT, Hospital Operations, Accreditation, Quality Management Systems, and Healthcare Quality Training.