Updated resources help reduce risks in patient handling
Moving and handling people are leading causes of injury among workers in health care and social services. Three resources have been updated and are now available to help reduce the risk of injury to health care workers.
Workers who manually move or handle people are at significant risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) such as sprains or strains. These updated bulletins focus on the use of overhead and floor lifts to reduce the risks:
- Patient handling: Overhead lift vs. floor lifts — what’s the difference?
- Patient handling: Using slings with overhead lifts and floor lifts
- Patient handling: Soaker pads
These bulletins create a suite of resources on the topic, along with the following resources released earlier:
- Moving and handling people: Reducing the risk
- Regular inspections of floor lifts
- Regular inspections of overhead lifts
Separately or together, you can use these resources as aids or discussion points at your next safety talk or joint health and safety committee meeting.
View our Patient handling webpage for these and other resources on the topic.