Resources for Back Injury Prevention
OSHA has a comprehensive suite of resources for hospitals to assess workplace safety needs, implement safety and health management systems, and enhance their safe patient handling programs. Resources include detailed injury statistics, self assessments, program elements to comply with Joint Commission, tools for calculating cost effectiveness of program, case studies from high performers, sample policies, fact sheets and posters.Download a few examples of resources available on the OSHA site:
Moving into the Future: Promoting safe patient handling for worker and patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals a report from the Massachusetts Hospital Ergonomic task force includes data on injuries related to patient handling in MA hospitals, best practice guidance and safe patient handling initiative in other states.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) published guidance for safe patient handling programs that includes assessment tools and implementation strategies.
Safe Patient Handling The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC) has multiple resources on its website for safe patient handling.
ANA has resources and tools to help nurses establish safe patient lifting practices.
- The Veterans Affairs Department produced this Technology Resource Guide to assist in the selection of various types of lifting and moving equipment and a special resource guide bariatric patients
- Transfer Assist Devices for Safer Handling of Patients, a guide for selection and safe use developed by WorkSafeBC
- Computer ergonomics self-help guide from the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign
- American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Berkeley Ergonomics Program
- CDC NIOSH – Ergonomics
- Cornell University- Information on the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA)
- Ergonomics Society United Kingdom
- National Safety Council – Ergonomics
- Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Nursing Homes.
- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)