Safety Information for Supervisors
Published on 6/17/2020

Our supervisors and leaders play a key role in ensuring a safety for our staff, patients, and visitors. This page will provide you with the information and resources needed to reinforce our COVID-19 safety expectations and standards with your teams.

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Expectations of supervisors

As a supervisor, you play an important role in ensuring safety. You are not only expected to follow our individual COVID-19 safety standards, but our supervisor standards as well. Click through the menus below to view these expectations and details.

Rounding

Some leaders will be asked to round on their work areas and ensure that our safety guidelines are met. To evaluate these spaces, checklists will be used by a leader to measure how each safety expectation is met. These checklists are outlined below.

Please ensure your unit/clinic/department is referencing the checklist(s) most appropriate to your area and that your teams are aware of these expectations. Areas like pharmacies, labs, main kitchen, etc., should reference the ‘General’ checklist.

These checklists have also been loaded into our survey rounding tool, AMP, which is where rounding results should be documented.

Specific instructions for these rounds will be sent to individual leaders responsible for conducting rounds. Your job as a leader is to ensure your area is being rounded on at least weekly, and to support your rounding leader in this process.

Checklists:

General

Inpatient units

Outpatient clinics

OR and procedure areas

Monitor employee safety compliance

As a leader, you are responsible for not only demonstrating what safety looks like, but also holding your team accountable and ensuring that everyone understands how to make every day a safe day.

Your employees should be doing the standards outlined here each and every day.

Environmental standards

As a leader, you are responsible for ensuring that your team’s work spaces meet our safety standards. This means that conference rooms, waiting rooms, work rooms, offices, exam rooms, and other spaces within your department or work area should meet our safety standards.

Visitor restrictions

Temporary visitor restrictions are currently in place. As a leader, you are responsible for ensuring that these guidelines are followed. View more about our temporary restrictions here.

Follow our individual safety standards and expectations

Employees (and patients) look to leaders as examples of what safe behaviors look like. You are also expected to model our safety expectations for individuals. View these standards.

Rounding

Some leaders will be asked to round on their work areas and ensure that our safety guidelines are met. To evaluate these spaces, checklists will be used by a leader to measure how each safety expectation is met.

These checklists have also been loaded into our survey rounding tool, AMP, which is where rounding results should be documented.

Specific instructions for these rounds will be sent to individual leaders responsible for conducting rounds. Your job as a leader is to ensure your area is being rounded on at least weekly, and to support your rounding leader in this process.

Checklists

Click the links below to view the checklists for rounding of each work area.

Please ensure your unit/clinic/department is referencing the checklist(s) most appropriate to your area and that your teams are aware of these expectations. Areas like pharmacies, labs, main kitchen, etc., should reference the ‘General’ checklist.

General

Inpatient units

Outpatient clinics

OR and procedure areas