November 3, 2022

The Joint Commission adds safety briefing to accreditation surveys

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission on November 2 announced that it has added safety briefings to all accreditation surveys as well as certification and verification reviews, effective January 1, 2023.

The informal, 5-minute briefing allows organizations to tell surveyors and reviewers about any potential safety concerns and how they should respond if the safety plans are implemented while they are on-site. The briefing also will be incorporated into the first day of surveys or reviews.

Topics an organization should be prepared to discuss during the briefing are:

  • Fire, smoke, or other emergencies
  • Workplace violence, including active shooter scenarios
  • Specific issues the surveyors or reviewers may encounter while on-site.

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