Gener8 Health & Safety Support
Are you compliant?
Most health and safety legislation that dental practices all over NZ have been working with have focussed solely on protecting the patient. The introduction of the Health & Safety At Work Act in 2015 meant the responsibility to protect not just patients but everyone in the workplace became the required standard. Now everyone has a role to play in seeking out and mitigating risks across the practice.
Karen Turanga of Practice Safe has 30 years’ experience chairside as a dental hygienist and formed her own business to help dentists all over NZ manage their risk as well as save time and money by supporting them to comply with HSWA 2015 guidelines. She is supported by Cheryl Hynson, who holds 2 ISO (international standards organisation) certifications and is a true healthy and safety guru. With PracticeSafe in your corner, you’re in great hands. No cookie cutter or DIY plans here – you can expect customised support around your plan creation, implementation and ongoing support.
Clients of Gener8’s coaching services will receive our exclusive, negotiated discount of 20 % off all services, resources, audits and training provided by PracticeSafe.
Further, clients of our Gener8 Advisory Programme will receive your choice of a gap analysis audit or infection control audit custom-designed for you which will help point out any areas where you may be missing the mark and suggest solutions to help you. These audits retail for $1,440+gst but are provided FREE OF CHARGE for our Gener8 Advisory Programme clients.
Below is an overview of each audit.
Audit in Infection Prevention and Control
Infection prevention and control in the clinical environment is one of the most important risk factors that must be managed and controlled for the protection of our patients, our staff and our practice.
Does your practice comply with AS/NZS 4815:2006 and 4187:2014? Do you know what is being done in the Sterilisation room? We are here to help! With experience personnel to conduct comprehensive on-site audit assessment, so you can be assured that documentation and processes are carried out correctly and if not, deficiencies are identified and actioned.
All audits are conducted during work hours, take 3-4 hours to complete and don’t require any changes to the appointment book.
On completion of the assessment you will receive a comprehensive report, with an action plan to correct and implement improvements, limited email support to follow-up on the action plan and limited time access to online infection control training video for staff.
Infection Control Audit follows the framework set out in AS/NZS 4815:2006, Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ) Practice Standards framework for Infection Control and professional standards.
- Standard precautions
- Reprocessing of reusable items
- Performance testing, maintenance and validation
- Blood or body fluid exposure procedures
- Documentation and Education
The anticipated result/s in a clinical practice are:
- Comprehensive report including compliant/non-compliant issues
- Improvements in efficiency, compliance and quality with infection control processes
- The costs of compliance and the practices ability to meet regulatory health and safety requirements with infection control standards.
The focus of this audit is to ensure the primary clinical infection control processes are being carried out in accordance with the current regulatory requirements; and forms a sound bases to all other processes and procedures in the clinical environment.
Occupational Health and Safety Systems Management
ISO 45001 was publicised in March 2018 to replace the current OHSAS 18001 and also AS/NZS 4801 Standards. This replacement takes effect from April 2021.
ISO 45001 provides a framework to develop Health and Safety management systems which:
- Improve employee/worker safety.
- Reduce workplace risks.
- Create better and safe working conditions and;
- Is designed to help organisations of all industries and sizes.
The anticipated result/s in an organisation is the reduction in:
- cost and time disruption of accidents/incidents/events,
- worker absenteeism and employee/worker turn-over rates,
- the costs of compliance and an organisations ability to meet regulatory health and safety requirements,
- and to gain certified recognition of an international landmark which could potentially open up further business opportunities.
The new standard places an increased emphasis on the organisations context, risk management and the role of the top management (Board, CEO and Senior Managers). This standard completes the suite of ISO management system standards (ISO9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environmental) providing that flow onto, consistency and migration from OHSAS 18001 AS/NZS 4801 to ISO45001.
The benefits of moving onto ISO 45001 are:
- Helps put appropriate management systems in place, is designed to reduce each organisations health and safety risks within the work place,
- Health and safety becomes a larger part of the organisations culture, incorporating all employees/workers at all levels,
- Results observed and recorded in for example: the reduction in absenteeism, staff turnover, lost production,
- Brings a consistent approach to health and safety management throughout the organisation and multiple sites,
- Integration with other recognised management system standards,
- Gains in productivity and reputation through Health and Safety Management certification to a recognised major international benchmark.