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Back Care and Ergonomics Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the health care tasks associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and explain the role of employers and workers in reducing MSD risks
  • Assess the MSD risks associated with the tasks you perform at the health care facility where you work
  • Determine how to perform your health care work tasks in a way that reduces your risk of developing MSDs
     

Available in English

6 Minutes

This lesson will familiarize you with the principles of back care and ergonomics in order to help you prevent work-related injuries that are common for health care facility workers. You will learn proactive steps you can take to reduce the types of work-related injuries that may account for pain, discomfort, lost time, and decreased productivity.

Course Outline
  • Medical - Back Care and Ergonomics Overview
     
Regulations
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders, “Elements of Ergonomics Programs,” Publication No. 97-117
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), NIOSH-Issued Publications, “Guidelines for Protecting the Safety and Health of Health Care Workers,” Publication No. 88-119
  • United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Computer Workstations eTool
  • Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPSP)
  • Cal/OSHA Consultation Service, Research and Education Unit, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, California Department of Industrial Relations, “Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Materials Handling,” 2007