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OSHA - Hospital resources for worker safety and safe patient handling

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:

Massachusetts State

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.

Cal/OSHA

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) published guidance for safe patient handling programs that includes assessment tools and implementation strategies.

NIOSH/CDC

Safe Patient Handling The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC) has multiple resources on its website for safe patient handling.

The American Nurses Association

ANA has resources and tools to help nurses establish safe patient lifting practices.

Sample policy and procedures

Glendale Adventist System – One hospital’s job description for patient mobility team member and competency skill checklist. (Shared with permission.)

Equipment guides