Hospital Safety

Hospital Safety manual Reducing Earthquake Risks in Hospitals from Equipment, Contents, Architectural Elements and Building Utility Systems developed by GeoHazards International, Swiss Re and GeoHazards Society was released in January 2010 by the Hon.

Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri. Ghulam Nabi Azad at the NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority)Bhavan, New Delhi. The manual is available for free download.

Please download the manual from the link as below:

Reducing Earthquake Risk in Hospitals – from Equipment, Contents, Architectural Elements and Building Utility Systems

This manual will help you to reduce one of the major sources of earthquake-related damage and losses in hospitals: medical equipment and supplies, contents, architectural elements, and building utility systems. Damage to these items in past earthquakes has caused deaths, injuries, loss of building function, and economic loss, even in cases in which the building structure itself was essentially undamaged.

The manual contains information on how to:

  • Determine your hospitals earthquake risk
  • Identify items that could fall, slide, or topple and injure people or break
  • Anchor and brace those items to reduce risk
  • Prioritize actions to reduce risk according to your hospitals needs and budget
  • The manual also provides an introduction to the other steps you can take to make your hospital safer.

(This Manual is a copyrighted document being provided to you solely in order to help you to reduce your earthquake risk. You are free to download, distribute and transmit this Manual, under the following conditions. Please click here for detail.)

This manual was made possible by support from Swiss Re

Please watch this video to understand more about the need of this manual (click here)

You can also download the Disaster Safety Checklist for Hospital Administrators by clicking here

& Hospital Safety Manual Flyer by clicking here.


Hospital Safety Work in Nepal

GeoHazards had undertaken the assessment of Initial Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Equipment, Utilities, Architectural Shell and Contents in three hospitals in Kathmandu Valley at the request of WHO. The draft reports are available here:

1) National Academy of Medical Sciences (Bir Hospital), Kathmandu, Nepal

2) Kanti Children Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

3) Paropakar Maternity and Women Hospital, Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal


Hospital Safety Work in Bhutan

1) Initial Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan

GeoHazards International, the international partner organization of GeoHazards Society was funded by WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia to conduct a Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. The technical report was highly appreciated by all section of the fraternity and as a result of that WHO finally published it. Please click on the above link to get a copy of the report.

2) Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Trashiyangtse District Hospital

3) Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Tashigang District Hospital


WHO-GHS Partnership for Hospital Safety

World Health Organisation, India office and GeoHazards Society, New Delhi organized a series of workshops for Hospital Disaster Safety in five major hospitals across India in five high hazards prone cities. Please click here for detailed report.


Hospital Safety Assessment of Burrows Memorial Christian Hospital, Silchar, Assam

GHS has been partnering with Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) for disaster preparedness in its hospitals. One Preliminary Seismic Assessment of Structural & Non-Structural Components was done at Burrows Memorial Christian Hospital in Silchar, Assam. Please click here for the detailed report.