Preventing Ergonomic Injuries

100% Online Responsive Course

$18.95 (Valid for multi seat group disounts)

All healthcare workers who move and lift patients are at high risk for back injury and other musculoskeletal disorders. A work-related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is injury of the muscles, tendons, nerves, joints, cartilage, ligaments bones, or blood vessels in the arms, legs, neck, head or back that is caused by, or aggravated by, work tasks such as lifting, pushing, and pulling.

Symptoms can include:

  • pain
  • stiffness
  • swelling
  • numbness
  • tingling

This course will review ways employees can help prevent MSDs in their workplaces. It will also outline mechanical techniques to protect them from injuries when lifting and transferring patients.

Compliant with OSHA Advice

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Preventing Ergonomic Injuries - Curriculum

Safety and Health Program

In this lesson you will learn what ‘ergonomics’ is and why it is important.

In this lesson, you will learn about how ergonomics injuries in the workplace can occur.

Learn about other hazardous actions that can cause ergonomic injuries due to overexertion.

Learn about employee exposure to work related MSDs from ergonomic stressors that have not been effectively identified and addressed 

Learn how management should demonstrate a commitment to reduce or eliminate patient handling hazards by developing a written program.

Learn about how employers should conduct an analysis of workplace tasks to identify existing and potential workplace hazards and find ways to correct these hazards.

Without proper recordkeeping, illness and injury trends would go unreported and unstudied and valuable information about causes and possible prevention of injuries would be lost.

Learn about the different types of hazard prevention and control.

A training program, designed and implemented by qualified persons, should be in place to provide continual education and training about ergonomic hazards and controls to managers, supervisors and all healthcare providers, including “new employee” orientation.

Patient Handling Controls

Learn the basics of patient handling controls.

Learn the best practices to prevent injury when assisting patients to bathe.

Learn the best practices to prevent injury when assisting patients with toileting.

Learn the best practices when using lieft equipment and transfer systems.

A written patient care plan that describes strategies to address specific patient needs, the degree of assistance required, and special treatments, etc. should be developed. 

Other Ergonomic Hazards

An introduction to other ergonomic hazards you may encounter in a healthcare workplace.

Learn about how awkward postures occur with twisted, hyper-extended or flexed back positions.

Learn about how strains and sprains can occur if an employee is transferring equipment like IV poles, wheelchairs, oxygen canisters, respiratory equipment, dialysis equipment, x-ray machines, or multiple items at the same time.

Best practices for reaching into Deep Sinks or Containers.

Best practices for lifting heavy bags.

Learn how to limit strains and sprains of the wrists, arms, and shoulders, of maintenance workers by choosing hand tools carefully.

Learn how to decrease ergonomic stressors when performing cleaning tasks.

3 HOURS

Training Time

ASSESSMENTS

Three Quizzes

Compliance Information and Disclaimer

OSHA issued a revised Recordkeeping Rule to improve the system employers use to track and record workplace injuries and illnesses. Final rule became effective on Jan. 1, 2002.

Potential Hazard

Without proper recordkeeping, illness and injury trends would go unreported and unstudied and valuable information about causes and possible prevention of injuries would be lost.

Possible Solutions

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