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New book from The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources offers checklists to keep health care workers safe

Wednesday, November 20 2019

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Maureen Lyons
Corporate Communications

(OAK BROOK, Illinois, November 20, 2019) – The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) have published a new book titled “Health Care Worker Safety Checklists: Protecting Those Who Serve.” The book includes a collection of 62 checklists designed to keep health care workers safe.

The straightforward and easy-to-use checklists were created by JCR using Joint Commission standards, as well as authoritative guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others. 

The book’s chapters address infectious agents, chemical and physical hazards, workplace violence, and stress and workplace-related behavioral health issues. Checklists within these chapters including hand hygiene, sharps injury prevention, influenza prevention, personal protective equipment (PPE), eyewash and safety shower procedures, fire protection, active shooter response training, potential post-traumatic stress, anxiety or depression indications among staff, and many more. 

The book features:

  • Checklists detailing procedures or must-do activities to keep staff safe.
  • Managers’ checklists to ensure that proper administrative controls are in place. 
  • Statistics identifying dangers of working in health care environments and how certain activities and procedures (outlined in the checklists) can improve worker safety. 

“All health care workers—nurses, physicians, medical technicians, pharmacists, lab workers, housekeeping staff and other health care workers—have a right to be safe at work,” says Catherine Chopp Hinckley, MA, PhD, executive director, Global Publishing, JCR. “Our new book provides health care workers across all levels and areas of an organization, including leadership, with useful checklists to improve and ensure safety.”

To purchase digital or print editions of the book or download its full table of contents, please visit the JCR website


About Joint Commission Resources, Inc. 

Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services, and publications and software, to assist in improving safety and quality and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Visit for more information.