Safety Policy Statement for the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Safety Policy Statement for the Department of Veterans Affairs It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") to create and maintain a written safety policy to help ensure accuracy of communication and accountability for results. The safety policy is outlined below is approved by the Secretary of the VA and applies to all VA facilities worldwide. The safety of the VA's veteran patients and valued staff members is the overriding, number one concern of this federal organization. It is therefore the safety policy of the VA to maintain a safe working environment for all members of the organization, and to provide safe treatment and care areas for all veteran patients and their family members. In order to improve something, it must first be measured. Therefore, it is the safety policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that incidents involving the safety of patients or staff members are reported and that the results of this reporting be trended nationwide to identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement. It is also the safety policy of the VA to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws concerning safety in the workplace. The safety policy of the VA does not stop here, though, and it is the personal responsibility of every member of the organization to help ensure that these policies are implemented and followed in day-to-day routines. "Safety First!" is just the start and "Safety Second!" and "Safety Third!" must also be
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