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Healthcare Ergonomics

Doctor explaing ergonomics to a healthcare patient

Online Training Certification Course

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Many healthcare workers encounter situations that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) like muscle strain and joint pain. The study of ergonomics includes, among other things, the system of tools and practices that help workers avoid these dangers. This online training course explains best practices for good ergonomics in healthcare facilities like hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, like nursing homes.

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What are the governing regulations?
Since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Act of 1970, OSHA has published thousands of regulations governing workplace safety in general, including healthcare ergonomics. Workplaces must create safe environments with all the appropriate equipment for workers to do their jobs safely. Implicit in this mandate is educating workers on the risks of MSDs and how to avoid them.

Who must take this training?
Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, technicians, and related professions should all understand the ergonomics hazards in healthcare. For instance, moving patients safely protects healthcare workers and contributes to better outcomes for the patients themselves. Workers who perform tasks that may cause MSDs should take specialized healthcare ergonomics safety training.

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Case Study: A prospective study about how diseases are controlled and spread was conducted in two units (140 beds and 57 nursing assistants) of a nursing home to demonstrate the efficacy of ergonomics in reducing back stress to nursing personnel. The total program involved determining the patient-handling tasks that the nursing assistants (NAs) perceived to be most stressful; performing an ergonomic evaluation of these tasks; and conducting a laboratory study to select the patient transferring devices that the NAs perceived to produce less physical stress than existing manual patient-handling methods. The intervention phase included training NAs in the use of devices, modifying toilets and shower rooms, and applying ergonomic techniques to patient care. At the completion of the intervention program, the investigators performed a post-intervention analysis. The incidence rate for back injuries prior to the intervention, which was 83 per 200,000 work-hours, decreased to 47 per 200,000 work-hours after the intervention. There were no injuries resulting in lost or restricted work days during the last four months of the post-intervention time frame.

Key Takeaway: This study illustrates that an appropriate ergonomic intervention program offers great promise in reducing physical stress and risk of low-back pain to nursing personnel.

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Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Ergonomics for Healthcare Workers Safety Training
    • Key Terms
    • Benefits of Ergonomics in the Healthcare Workplace
    • Benefits of Ergonomics in the Healthcare Workplace - Improved Health
    • Benefits of Ergonomics in the Healthcare Workplace - Reduced Risks
    • Applicable Regulations
    • Statistics for Ergonomics in the Healthcare Industry
  • Applying Ergonomics to the Healthcare Workplace
    • Patient Handling - Risks
    • Patient Handling - Solutions
    • Cost
    • Demand for Ergonomics in Healthcare
    • Demand for Ergonomics in Healthcare - Employee Retention and Benefits
    • Design
    • Design - Workspaces in the Healthcare Industry
    • Trends
  • Risks in the Healthcare Workplace
    • Slips, Trips, and Falls
    • Lifting
    • Lifting - NIOSH Lifting Equation
    • Lifting - Food and Laundry Service
    • Lifting - Maintenance and Housekeeping
    • Awkward Postures
    • Work-related MSDs
    • Work-related MSDs - Repetitive Motion Disorders
    • Work-related MSDs - Repetitive Strain Injuries
    • Work-related MSDs - Additional Disorders
  • Training Healthcare Workers in Ergonomics
    • Employer Responsibilities
    • Employer Responsibilities - Workplace Analysis
    • Employer Responsibilities - Accident and Record Analysis
    • Employer Responsibilities - Hazard Prevention and Control
    • Employer Responsibilities - Medical Management
    • Employer Responsibilities - Training
    • Employee Responsibilities
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Ergonomics for Healthcare Workers Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.

Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA healthcare regulations dictate that workers must receive training before exposure to hazardous conditions. This online certification meets the initial training requirements. Additionally, periodic retraining is important for maintaining a safe work environment. Healthcare facilities should conduct periodic reviews of workplace ergonomic hazards, including both employee procedures and work station design.

Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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