Some of the biggest changes at the ME’s office involve additional measures to promote employee health and safety. For example, the Stroger Hospital Safety Division (SHSD) will begin training employees on safety issues this week, will develop a written hazard plan, and will also obtain more effective personal protective equipment for employees. On-site infectious disease screening, including chemical testing, will be offered to employees beginning the week of June 25.
In addition, the ME’s office will be participating in the Department of Labor’s Illinois On-Site Consultation Program, which offers a comprehensive review to ensure compliance with federally-mandated OSHA and state safety regulations.
The ME’s office will also have more efficient recordkeeping through an electronic case management system. The BOA has submitted a grant application for $175,000 to purchase such as system. The county plans to implement a more efficient electronic timekeeping system beginning July 1.
To assist with these and other ongoing improvements and general oversight, names of members the Medical Examiner Advisory Committee will be submitted to the Cook County Board of Commissioners at their June 19th meeting.