Strict Adherence to Safety Programs Presents Effective Outcomes in Handling Hazardous Drugs

Various studies have presented reports on exposure of healthcare workers to hazardous drugs. The drug preparation areas are found to be contaminated with these drugs and there exists legion of cases of workers with detectable quantities of these agents in their urine. It is the responsibility of workers together with employers of different healthcare settings to participate actively in controlling the extent of their exposure to these harmful substances.

Workers carry out different drug related processes and thus are exposed to dusts and aerosols which generates out during preparation and administration of the drug. These may present direct risks of exposure through skin contacts and through contaminated eatables and food stuffs.

According to safe handling guidelines published by the healthcare organizations, workers should follow various precautionary measures and activities to carry out safe handling of hazardous drugs. Only well-trained and experienced workers should form the part of the healthcare settings. Employers should ensure the implementation of safety equipments such as biological cabinets and closed system drug transfer devices, and give importance to their proper usage by the workers.

With the assistance of workers, several written programs on safe handling of these toxic substances have been presented by healthcare settings. These programs discuss various issues on drug exposure and practice of engineering controls, hygiene controls, safety equipments, etc. to minimize the worker’s exposure to hazardous drugs.

Strict adherence to the safety guidelines and co-operation of workers with employers will definitely improve the prevailing conditions of drug exposure in healthcare facilities. The use of personal protective equipments and good work practices have shown to dramatically change the scenario of harmful effects of occupational exposure to these drugs.

Joint Venture Financing – How to Present Yourself and Your Project to Get Funded

Welcome to 2010, the defacto year of Joint Venture (JV) financing. Institutional financing is not available so developers are looking outside the box to fund their projects. The most common form of favorable financing is JV. This financing comes in more shapes, sizes, and terms than colors of the rainbow. There are, however, a few common things that all JV funders look for, regardless of the project, location or dollar amount. The purpose of this article is to share with you what these common denominators are and how you should present your project to get the most favorable terms.

Let’s look at this from your potential funder’s perspective. What does he want? The answer is simple, but arriving at achieving his goals involves a tremendous amount of scrutiny and due diligence on you, the developer. Quite simply, the JV funder wants a return on his investment. You must speak his language. What he wants is a pro forma that shows what his internal rate of return (IRR) is at two and five years. If you cannot prepare one of these, find someone who can. This document or spreadsheet shows vision and the common goal of making money.

Everything else is secondary, but also very important. You need to prepare a package that consists of the following items:

an executive summary of the project that is no more than 5 pages (no funder will read a 120 page business plan before reading an executive summary)
the proforma
bios and resumes of all of the key players, including your contractors
the entire business plan
an appraisal if you have one
Logically, the funder has the money. You have to prove that you have the brains, muscle and integrity to be a great and cooperative partner. Your opportunity is not the only one on his desk, but it will certainly be the most presentable. Sloppy presentations make for sloppy projects.
Finally, the worst thing you can do is put pressure on the funder to act or fund immediately. Desperation only indicates weakness and poor planning.

Need a New TV This Christmas? Make it a Family Present

We all have to be smart about the money that we spend this Christmas. With the economy in the shape that it is in, we really need to make sure that we spend our money as wisely as possible.

Instead of purchasing presents just for the sake of having lots of pretty boxes under the Christmas tree this year, why not give family presents that everyone will enjoy? Is there something that you are planning on purchasing for the house anyway? If that something is something that everyone in the family wants, wouldn’t it make a great gift for the whole family?

How long has it been since you’ve purchased a new TV? We had been wanting to replace the tv in our family room with a new flat screen TV but since our old TV was still adequate, we just hadn’t replaced it. All of the kids reminded us every time we sat down to watch a movie or a baseball game how great it would be to have a nice big flat screen TV.

So, when they least expected it, we surprised everyone and had a new TV all set up and ready to watch last Christmas morning.

They couldn’t have been happier. We all had really wanted this big flat screen TV for quite a while yet, we just didn’t see how we could buy it with Christmas coming. Then we thought about the types of things that we would be buying for Christmas and thought, why were we spending our money on things that we weren’t even sure would get used more than a week after Christmas when what we really all wanted was a new tv that we knew would get used for years to come?

Money doesn’t come easy. Make sure that you spend it on what you really want and need; on what you will get your best value from, on what will give your family enjoyment for years.

If there is something that your family would really love and it will provide hours of great time spent together, seriously consider making it a great family gift this Christmas.