PeriOperative nurses are confronted with numerous occupational hazards that pose a risk of personal injury in the periOperative setting. Occupational hazards may have other negative impacts, including:
- an unsafe workplace contributes to work-related injuries and diseases that often result in physical, emotional, and financial difficulties for the periOperative nurse
- an unsafe workplace contributes to patient injuries
- occupational injuries resulting from an unsafe workplace have a financial impact to the health care organization through increased costs and a reduced ability to provide services
- occupational hazards in the workplace have been identified as one of the major contributors to nurses leaving the profession, contributing to the growing nursing shortage
AORN Commitment to Workplace Safety
The Association is committed to the creation and maintenance of a safe perioperative work environment to protect all of those present in the workplace and provide safe patient care. AORN supports research that is directed toward creating and maintaining safe work environments.
AORN further supports the Environmental Protection Agency, NIOSH, Occupational Safety and Health Association, and state and local regulations that promote workplace safety in the perioperative environment.
- Workplace Safety Tool Kit Faculty Disclosure (Powerpoint, PPT)
- AORN Journal Articles about Workplace Safety (PDF)
- Bloodborne Pathogen Violations: Compliance Is Key to Prevention (PDF)
- Complying With the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard: Protecting Health Care Workers and Patients (PDF)
- AORN Laser Safety Checklist (PDF)
AORN Position Statements
- Distractions and Noise During Perioperative Patient Care (PDF)
- Safe Staffing on On-Call Practices (PDF)
- Recommended Practices for Safe Environment of Care, Part II (includes Traffic)
- What can I find in the Recommended Practices for a Safe Environment of Care?
- Zero Tolerance for Lateral Violence: Changing the Culture of Nursing Practice
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