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Back Care Ergonomics

Learning Objectives

  • Define ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and explain the lesson purpose and objectives.
  • Identify some general MSD risk factors faced by individuals who work in medical facilities and some techniques for reducing those risk factors.
  • Explain ways to prevent injuries that might result from lifting, transferring, repositioning, and caring for patients.
  • Explain ways to prevent injuries that might result from lifting, moving, and carrying materials.
  • Explain ways to prevent injuries that might result from working at a computer or medical workstation.
  • Describe some actions that health care industry employers can take to reduce MSD risks for employees.

Available in English

30 minutes

Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • General MSD Risk Factors and Prevention Guidelines
  • Patient Handling
  • Materials Handling
  • Working at a Computer or Medical Workstation
  • What Employers Can Do to Prevent MSDs
Regulations
  • UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Fact Sheet No. OSHA 90-09
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. “Guidelines for Protecting the Safety and Health of HealthCare Workers” DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 88-119
  • National Safety Council, 1991. National Safety Council Supervisors’ Safety Manual 7th Edition. Page 201.
  • US Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Organization (OSHA), Computer Workstations, August 2003