Last week, OSHA announced a new outreach campaign to raise awareness about hazards likely to cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among health care workers, focusing on employees responsible for patient care--particularly patient transfers and handling. According to OSHA, improper patient handling is a leading cause of injuries. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that nursing assistants suffered the most injuries and illnesses related to musculoskeletal disorders of all occupations in 2011, while registered nurses suffered the fifth most.
During the campaign, OSHA plans to provide 2,500 employers, unions, and associations in the health care industry with information about methods used to control hazards associated with patient transfers and handling. OSHA's campaign is targeting employers and organizations located in Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Learn more in OSHA's press release.
More information about safe patient handling is available from the following sources: