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Hazard Control in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Universities, Topic of New Book for Safety and Health Professionals Available Today

Posted in on Thu, Jan 29, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (January 29, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced the release of its new book today titled “Hazard Recognition and Control in Institutional Settings—A Guide for Hospitals, Universities and Nursing Homes,” coauthored by George Byrns, Ph.D., MPH, CIH, and other health and safety professionals with extensive institutional safety experience.

The book provides vital information in a broad range of areas of concern to institutional health and safety (IEHS) professionals employed in hospitals, universities and nursing homes, including: laws and regulations regarding environmental management; emergency preparedness and incident command systems; building renovation and design; waste management; hazard and risk assessment; indoor air quality and HVAC systems; health surveys and surveillance; social marketing; workplace violence; and workers’ compensation.

Areas of specific concern to hospital employees covered in this book include: healthcare accreditation standards, healthcare-specific occupational hazards, infection control, epidemiology and ergonomic issues. For nursing home employees, areas such as infection control and ergonomics, especially moving patients, are examined. For those in university and colleges settings, it addresses the possible hazards in dormitories, cafeteria and food services, student health services, science laboratories, and also art studios, theaters and agricultural settings.

Dr. Byrns, the editor and main contributing author, currently serves as associate professor of environmental health at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Prior to ISU, he earned a Ph.D. in occupational and environmental health from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, a Master’s of Public Health in environmental health from University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in environmental health from Colorado State University. He also worked for the U.S. Public Health Service’s Indian Health Service in environmental and occupational health from May 1972 until September 1997. In his last assignment, he managed that agency’s Occupational Safety and Health Program.

In addition to Dr. Byrns, there are several contributing authors to the book’s 15 chapters. The authors that contributed to chapter five titled ‘Health Care Safety’ include: Angel Boyce, MSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, director-occupational health of the Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc. (SOMA) in Newark, Delaware; Gregory Heck, MPH, CSP, REHS, area institutional environmental health officer in the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service; Joyce Hood, MPH, RN, COHN-S, director of occupational health services for Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas; and Denise Knoblauch, RN, BSN COHN-S/CM, clinical case manager at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Mary Elkins, RN, BSN, MPH, MS, CIC, infection control practitioner of the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico, contributed to chapter two titled ‘Healthcare Occupational Hazards’. Christopher A. Janicak, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, contributed to both chapters two and five. George Stevens, PE, MPH, senior facilities consulting engineer at Indian Health Services in Phoenix, Arizona, contributed to chapter five and chapter seven titled ‘Emergency Preparedness’. Lee Shands, MPH, CIH, retired from Shands Training & Consulting in Burkeville, Texas, contributed to several chapters including two, six ‘Environmental Management’, nine ‘Waste Management’ and 13 ‘The Role of Health and Safety Managers in Design and Construction Planning’. Also, David C. Regelbrugge, CIH, CSP, director of environmental health & safety at Boelter Associates in Park Ridge, Illinois, contributed to chapter eight ‘Indoor Air Quality in the Healthcare Environment’ and Timothy J. Ryan, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, associate professor & industrial hygiene program coordinator at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, contributed to chapter 15 on ‘Environmental Health and Safety Concerns in Colleges and Universities’.

This volume is an important resource for professionals in the healthcare field, as well as those studying to become IEHS professionals. There are illustrations, a glossary and an index to navigate through the myriad subject matter areas covered in the book. An Instructor’s Guide, including Power Point slides, will be available to instructors.

For more information or to order a copy of this book, order # 4420, contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929, or go to

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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