Back Care Ergonomics
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
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize individuals who work in medical facilities with the principles of back care and ergonomics in order to help them reduce or prevent work-related injuries. OSHA does not currently have regulations related to back care and ergonomics, but there are many reasons for employers to be proactive in reducing worker injuries, which may account for lost time, decreased productivity, and lower quality of work.
General MSD Risk Factors and Prevention Guidelines
Working at a Computer or Medical Workstation
What Employers Can Do to Prevent MSDs
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
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