Do accredited agencies operate more safely?

Comprehensive safety standards are required of accredited agencies, shielding patients, the employees, and the agency itself from unnecessary risk. There must be evidence of driving standards, a driver training program, proper use of safety restraints for patients and crews, and strict written policies to follow in case of vehicle crashes and other types of incidents. The minimum requirements for employee safety policies include facility safety, exposure control, scene safety, safe lifting, hazardous materials, employee wellness, safety committee duties, and adherence to all local, state, and federal requirements. The accredited agency must demonstrate that it reviews and reports all work-related injuries and infectious disease exposures, damage to company property, loss or theft of company property, potential clinical errors, and any suspected civil risks. With the accreditation standards’ focus on decreasing risk, an accredited agency functions at the highest possible safety level.