The Environment of Care is made up of three basic elements:
- The building or space, including how it is arranged and the special features that protect patients, visitors, and staff
- Equipment used to support patient care or to safely operate the building or space
- People, including those who work within the hospital, patients, and anyone else who enters the environment, all of whom have a role in minimizing risks.
How do I contribute to the Environment of Care?
Any hospital, regardless of its size or location, faces risks in the environment, including those associated with safety and security, fire, hazardous materials and waste, medical equipment, and utility systems. When staff are educated about the elements of a safe environment, they are more likely to follow processes for identifying, reporting, and taking action on environmental risks.
What is UTMB's role in the realm of the Environment of Care?
UTMB is committed to proactively minimizing risk to patients, employees, students and visitors from known hazards or risks that may exist in the physical environment or activities connected to its operations and/or properties.
UTMB is adopting the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals for the hazard communication standard. The two significant changes include the use of new chemical labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). These new requirements will improve worker understanding of hazards associated with chemicals in their workplace.