Taking safety into your own hands


The operating room (OR) is a unique practice environment that by its nature, places staff members at higher risk for certain exposure incidents and injuries. An understanding of the numerous risk factors for these incidents and injuries, as well as the applicable regulations and safety guidelines, is imperative for maintaining compliance with the standards, thereby promoting employee safety.

This continuing education activity will provide a review of various workplace safety standards and regulations as well their implications for perioperative nurse managers and educators who are responsible for maintaining compliance. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) role in the development of workplace safety standards, followed by the OSHA standards applicable in the OR setting, will be reviewed. Other employee safety issues and professional practice guidelines, including those related to fire safety, ergonomics, laser safety, latex and powder allergies, exposure to surgical smoke plume and chemicals, and radiological exposure will also be discussed. Finally, selected case studies will provide the participant the opportunity to synthesize the information and evaluate workplace scenarios in regard to compliance with employee safety standards.



Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of OSHA in the development of workplace safety standards.
  2. Identify the regulatory standards and professional practice guidelines applicable to employee safety in the OR.
  3. Describe the implications of compliance with various employee safety standards and guidelines.
  4. Critique workplace scenarios for the appropriateness of strategies used to improve compliance with workplace safety standards.


Intended audience

This continuing education activity is intended for perioperative registered nurse directors, managers, and educators, as well as clinicians responsible for implementation of the OSHA standards and maintaining compliance with all worker safety regulations.


Teaching methodologies

This continuing education activity is governed by principles of adult learning. A video with PowerPoint images will be used to augment the speaker’s presentation. A study guide is designed to be used in conjunction with the video. A glossary of terms and reference materials will provide additional information.

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