Safe Work Practices
These Safe Work Practices are provided for your information and education. They are intended to provide you with basic safety and health information that will assist you in avoiding injury while performing your daily activities.
These Safe Work Practices are part of Section Two, Training and Education, of the Injury & Illness Prevention Program of Cabrillo Community College District, and are required by Section 3203 of Title 8, the mandatory safety legislation of Cal/OSHA. You are obliged to follow these Safe Work Practices while performing your work activities.
- General Safe Work Practices-- Required for all Cabrillo employees
- Department Specific Safe Work Practices Student Health Services Nursing Medical Assistant Program Dental Hygiene Radiologic Technology-- Required for all department employees
- Department Specific Safe Work Practices: Office and Administrative-- Required for all department employees who perform substantial office and administrative duties
- Bloodborne Pathogens-- Required for the following employees only: Student Health Center Director (Category I), Clinical Nurses (Category I), Nurse Practitioners (Category I), Program Specialist I/II (Category II), Dental Hygiene Instructors (Category I), Nursing Education Instructors (Category I), Radiology Instructors (Category I) Nursing Education LIA's (Category I), and Medical Assisting Instructors (Category I)
NOTE: Blood borne Pathogen training is required to be completed EVERY year.
Additional Safe Work Practices exist for employees of the departments listed above. Items 1, 2, and 3 are found in the Cabrillo IIPP. Item 4, Blood borne Pathogen training is a separate program and can be found in a separate binder or on Cabrillo's safety website.
You are encouraged to contribute ideas to expand or improve these Safe Work Practices.
- 1.If staff members become aware of a faulty piece of equipment, it should be taken out of use and reported to the department supervisor immediately.
- 2. Staff members should be knowledgeable about proper lifting techniques and ensure they use them when lifting patients or equipment.
- 3. All staff is required to wash and disinfect their hands often to avoid the spread of germs. Appropriate hand soap is provided for this purpose.
- 4. Spills on floors should be cleaned up immediately to avoid slipping. Spills of blood or other potentially infectious materials will be handled using Universal Precautions.
- 5. Non-disposable equipment must be disinfected and sterilized daily following approved procedures.
- 6. Staff should maintain a current immunization against Hepatitis B Virus (HBV).
- 7. Staff is encourage to stay at home when ill.
- 8. To protect the health and safety of staff and patients, horizontal surfaces must be cleaned each day with antibacterial, veridical solution in all active clinical service areas.
- 9. Staff must attend annual review and training classes on CCSHS policies and procedures.
Dental Hygiene Only
- 1. Staff must wear radiation detection badges at all times.
- 2.Insure that toxic waste such as x-ray fixer solution and vapocide are handled and disposed of in accordance with the Cabrillo College hazardous materials plan.
Radiologic Technology Only
Specific Rules Of Radiation Protection
- Stand behind the lead barrier during exposure.
- Wear a lead apron and gloves when appropriate.
- Stay 6 feet or more away from the source whenever possible.
- Be aware of rules and precautions, which make the occupation of Radiologic Technology safe.
- You may not by law act as a radiographer without wearing a film badge. It should be worn at all times when there is a potential for occupational exposure to ionizing radiation. Check film badge readouts monthly. The badge may be clipped on the collar of a shirt or dress, the front portion of the torso, or at the waist. It is advisable to continue using the chosen position for a full wear period. You would normally wear the badge at the body location that would be likely to get the highest exposure.
- Close the doors to the radiographic room when making an exposure.
- Do not enter a room without checking the exposure status first.
- Do not turn your back on the X-ray beam when wearing a one sided apron.
- Wear the film badge on the outside of the apron, attached to your collar.
- Check for pregnancy status of student technologists of reproductive age prior to radiographic examinations that utilize phantoms in both the Radiologic Technology and Mammography Laboratories.