Environment of Care

What is Einstein's Environment of Care program?

Einstein establishes and maintains an Environment of Care (EOC) program designed to provide a physical environment that is free of hazards. The Environment of Care program aims to reduce the risk of human injury and improve the quality of patient care. The EOC program consists of:

  • General Safety
  • Life Safety (Fire Safety)
  • Emergency Management
  • Hazardous Materials and Waste
  • Security
  • Utilities
  • Medical Equipment

General Safety

If you are injured while at work, follow these steps:

  • Notify your supervisor
  • Go for a medical evaluation at LiveWell Employee Health or go to the Emergency Department if after hours
  • Complete an Employee Injury event report (online via Prism)

Notify these departments for the following occurrences: 

·      Patient Event, call Risk Management- complete a Patient Safety Net (PSN) report

·      Work-Related Injury, call Employee Health- complete an Employee Injury report (available on Prism)

The proper ergonomic position while sitting at a computer is:
  • Wrist position - Keep wrist straight and stroke keys softly
  • Arms - hang freely at sides—elbows at 90-degree angle
  • Computer screen height – Top of the screen slightly below eye level
  • Posture - Sit upright with good body support, feet flat on the floor

Tobacco/Smoke-Free Policy: 


To provide a smoke and tobacco-free environment across Einstein Healthcare Network campuses/ property/ facilities deemed “tobacco and smoke-free” in order to safeguard patients, visitors, employees, and other covered individuals against the recognized hazards of smoking and environmental tobacco smoke.


Smoking and the use of tobacco products are prohibited on any property, inside and outside of all Einstein-owned or leased buildings, grounds, parking lots and decks, inside vehicles, and sidewalks. 

Excludes the following outside locations on the EMCP Campus (per policy #A0279.3):

·   East side of North 13th Street between Olney Avenue and Tabor Road, 

·   Northside of Tabor Road between North 13th and North 11th Streets, and 50’ from Tabor Garage Door. (EMCP Campus map is attached to this policy.)

Know what to do in case of a fire: RACE
Rescue remove anyone in danger
Alarm pull fire alarm; dial the Emergency line
Confine close doors, windows; shut off equipment; 
Evacuate move away from the fire - immediate, horizontal, vertical, total. Be aware of your area's evacuation route. 
Extinguish only if a small fire that can be easily extinguished


To operate a fire extinguisher:

Remember . . .

P. A. S. S. stands for:
  • Pull pin
  • Aim nozzle at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze trigger
  • Sweep side to side


Emergency Management

Emergency Preparedness Information (EPI) Guide:

Emergency Preparedness Guides are available on all urban core desktops.  The EPI Guide is designed to guide you during emergencies such as fires, bomb threats, medical emergencies, or disasters.  The EPI Guide should be used as the initial action steps needed for an effective response.  Additional information can be found in the Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) located on EinsteinConnect. 

Emergency Codes 

CODE BLACK indicates a Bomb Threat
CODE  PINK indicates an Infant/Child Abduction
CODE BLUE indicates a Cardiac Arrest
CODE YELLOW   indicates a Disaster (internal and external)



indicates a Fire


Active Shooter 

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in or attempting to kill those around him/her. The safety protocol is "run, hide, fight."

Run: Your first defense should be to evacuate if possible. Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow; leave personal belongings behind; help others escape (if possible); call “911” once you are safe.

Hide: If evacuation is not possible, or if you are unable to safely leave the area, find a safe place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Try to remain calm; warn others to take shelter; go to a room that can be locked or barricaded; turn off lights; close blinds; silence cell phones, radios, and any other devices that emit sound; keep out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e., concrete walls, desks, filing cabinets); Call “911” if possible.  If you cannot speak, leave the line open to allow the dispatcher to listen.

Fight: As a last resort, and ONLY when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by acting as aggressively as possible against the active shooter; throw items/improvise with weapons, such as chairs or clipboards; yell; commit to your actions.

The purpose of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is:

The SDS lets you know what chemicals you are working with.  It lists very detailed information about handling, exposure, storage and disposal of individual materials. For example: Immediate first aid and spill procedures; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for handling; Chemical name and common name of the substance; Acute and chronic health effects; Flammability, explosivity, corrosiveness

The colors on the HazMat symbol represent:
Red Flammability (think Code Red, red fire extinguisher, red fire truck etc…)
Blue Health hazard (think Code Blue)
Yellow How explosive material is (think of yellow flames, hot yellow sun etc…)
White Specific hazard (e.g. Acid, alkali, corrosive)


Trash and spills are handled in the following ways:


Red Bag 

Regulated/Infectious Waste such as gloves, disposable PPEs, bandages, etc. that are saturated/caked with blood.

NOTE: Linens, even if saturated with blood, are to be placed in soiled linen bags

Blue Can

Recycled Waste such as newspapers, copy paper, aluminum cans, clear glass, etc.

Clear Bag

Municipal / Regular Waste NOT caked or saturated with blood.

Sharps Container

Regulated/Infectious Waste - Sharps which refers to anything that can puncture or cut skin.  (Used and unused needles/syringes, Glass slides, Lancets, Wires)

Black Bin (RCRA)

Hazardous pharmaceuticals.

Yellow Bag/Can

Chemotherapy waste






A utility failure is reported as follows:


 Utility Failure – contact Maintenance and ensure critical medical equipment is plugged into a red emergency outlet.

Security Reminders:
  • Always wear your identification badge
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Never bring large sums of money or valuables to work
  • Question visitors who seem lost
  • Report incidents to Protective Services immediately
  • Lock locks
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car
  • Escort services are available 24hrs/day, call Protective Services for an escort
  • Report suspicious activity
  • Call Protective Services for security emergencies only. Sites other than York and Tabor Road, contact the Police Department – 911

Code Campus Lockdown

Einstein has a Lockdown procedure in place when outside conditions pose a threat to patients, staff, or property.

Lockdown means the closing of all doors from the outside to minimize the potential for danger.


Workplace Violence


Einstein is committed to working with our employees, patients, and visitors to maintain an environment free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior.

Per OSHA “Every worker should understand the concept of universal precautions
for violence …
violence should be expected but can be avoided or mitigated through preparation.  Workers should understand the importance of a culture of respect,
dignity, and active mutual engagement in preventing workplace violence.”


Workers in healthcare settings are 5 times more likely to experience injuries from workplace violence than workers in private industry.  (Source: Government Accountability Office)