1.8.4 Safety Program

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Each provider with a facility must design and maintain a safety program that ensures continuing attention to the health and safety of DBS staff members, consumers, and the visiting public.

The plan must include

  • quarterly fire drills;
  • emergency evacuation procedures;
  • emergency exit diagrams;
  • procedures for obtaining emergency medical services from a doctor, hospital, or emergency medical service unit; and
  • special procedures for consumers with disabilities who require particular attention or action, including those whose behavior may be detrimental to the health, safety, or successful program achievement by themselves or others.

In addition, each provider must have an incident reporting system in place including a form for staff members to use to report incidents.

The incident report form must include at least the following information:

  • the date, time, and place of the incident;
  • nature of the incident;
  • names of DARS DBS consumers, witnesses, or others involved;
  • name of the person making the report;
  • a description of the incident, and
  • actions taken and planned by the provider as a result of the incident.

Upon request, copies of incident reports pertinent to DARS DBS consumers must be made available to DARS DBS staff members.

The following incidents must be reported to the referring DARS DBS counselor and liaison counselor by the close of business the next working day following an incident.

  • emergency Medical Services (EMS),
  • emergency room treatment,
  • hospitalization, or
  • death.