1.1  Introduction

1.2  Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

1.3  Biomedical Engineering and Electronics (BMEE)

1.4  Clinical Equipment Services (CES)

1.5  Departmental Management

1.6  Staff/Students

1.1       Introduction

Each year hospital patients and employees nationwide suffer needless pain and hardship due to accidental electric shock.  UTMB is committed to the safety of its employees, patients, and visitors from such hazardous electrical shock.  All personnel must be made aware that the use of electricity in their assigned job introduces potential hazards of burn, shock, explosion, damage to equipment, fire and power failure with the possibility of injury, disability or death.  This chapter is designed to alert UTMB personnel to these hazards and to outline the preventive measures necessary to minimize or eliminate these hazards.


1.2       Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

EHS will:

·         Provide consultant services regarding electrical safety

·         Formulate electrical safety policies for UTMB

·         Ensure that the policies, standards and guidelines of the following agencies are adhered to where applicable in the UTMB setting:   

            National Fire Protection Association

            Underwriters’ Laboratories

            Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

            Texas Department of Health

            American National Standards Institute

            College of American Pathologists

·         Issue electrical safety hazard warnings, when needed, to

            All department heads

            Biomedical Engineering and Electronics

            Clinical Equipment Services.


1.3       Biomedical Engineering and Electronics (BMEE)

BMEE will:

·         Provide service to research equipment only

·         Provide oversight for the day to day electrical safety testing program;

·         Provide consultation services as required.

·         Provides oversight for the establishment of preventative maintenance and electrical safety testing protocols;

·         Provide oversight for uniform labeling, test procedures, and calibrations procedures;

·         Issue periodic equipment management summary performance reports to the Safety Committee and EOC.


1.4       Clinical Equipment Services (CES)

Clinical Equipment Services will:

·         Provide service to hospital and clinical equipment.

·         Provide oversight for the day to day electrical safety testing program.

·         Provide day-to-day clinical equipment repair, maintenance, safety testing, incoming inspection, preventative maintenance and incident follow-up at UTMB as required.

·         Provide clinical and laboratory equipment evaluation as required.

·         Oversee outside subcontractor maintenance support for clinical equipment, as required.

·         Provide periodic equipment history reports to hospital departments, as required.

·         Issue periodic equipment management summary performance reports to the Safety Committee and EOC.

The Director of CES will provide oversight for the Equipment Management Subcommittee.


1.5       Departmental Management

Management will:

·         Provide adequate facilities, supplies and supervision to control electrical hazards;

·         Ensure that electrical equipment has been properly tested, labeled, and installed in accordance with UTMB policies;

·         Ensure that employees know and understand the potential hazards associated with electricity and the necessary safeguards to prevent a possible shock; and

·         Ensure that key personnel, such as supervisors and chief technicians, receive special training in resuscitation of victims of electrical shock.


1.6       Staff/Students

Staff/Students will:

·         Become knowledgeable about the electrical hazards associated with the type of work being performed in their specific job; and

·         Read and understand the information provided in this chapter.