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Being ergonomically conscious

Ergonomics continues to be an issue that affects millions of workers, particularly in the healthcare profession, despite the fact that ergonomic injuries are the most expensive and easiest to prevent. If you don’t believe it, just look at the statistics.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common injury due to poor ergonomics, and healthcare workers are particularly susceptible. In 2007, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants ranked second only to laborers and material workers in the number of MSD cases, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics [1]. This demographic also had a MSD rate of 252 cases per 10,000 workers, more than seven times the national MSD average for all occupations.

Here are a few improvements you should consider to improve your facility’s ergonomics program:

For more information one of the best resources for ergonomics tips is OSHA’s eTool [2], which features tools and checklists for safety officers.

Also, check out Healthcare Ergonomics Training Video: A Guide to OSHA Standards [3] for a more information on requirements and policy suggestions.