City auditors detailed several weaknesses Wednesday they said they identified during an audit to assess worker safety at Austin-Travis County EMS, including that the agency failed to fully implement recommendations from 2001 aimed at reducing recurring on-the-job injuries.
The agency has started several safety-related initiatives, according to the audit, which covered the department’s worker safety operations and injury data from October 2009 through September. But safety program goals aren’t clearly communicated and safety-related responsibilities are scattered throughout the department, the audit says.
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Austin-Travis County EMS worker safety audit findings:
— EMS has not implemented key elements of an effective safety program, limiting its ability tominimize safety risks and related costs.
— EMS has not fully implemented key recommendations from the city’s 2001 worker safety audit, which were aimed at reducing recurring on-the-job injuries.
— The EMS director should develop and implement a comprehensive, best-practice safety program.
— The EMS director should develop and implement a periodic assessment of strategies for reducing recurring on-the-job injuries.
Source: City of Austin