Safety Officer - Requirement

Is there a requirement to specify or identify a Safety Officer?

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The Joint Commission does not require a Safety Officer position.  The Joint Commission standard EC.01.01.01 EP 1 does require the organization to identify an individual or individuals to perform specified risk reduction activities and threat intervention responsibilities, so that all environment of care activities are effectively managed and to intervene when situations threaten people or property.  

The organization is expected to demonstrate that environment of care activities is effectively coordinated from the perspective of assessment, management, implementation, monitoring, analysis and program improvement.

Reference: EC.01.01.01 
Last updated on July 21, 2020
Manual: Behavioral Health
Chapter: Environment of Care EC

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