Safe Patient Handling

Hospitals have high rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. On average, U.S. hospitals recorded nearly three times (7.6) the work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees in 2020, compared with 2.7 per 100 full-time employees for all U.S. industries combined. Safe patient handling programs can reduce injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Reducing injuries not only helps workers, but also will improve patient care and the bottom line. If your hospital is considering developing or refining a comprehensive safe patient handling program to protect workers and patients, having the right data, evidence, examples, and tools can help ensure success. OSHA has developed a series of online resources to help you develop and implement safe patient handling assessments, policies, procedures, programs, training, and patient education in your hospital.

Tools & Resources

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"Safe Patient Handling Programs: Effectiveness and Cost Savings" PDF Screenshot
The case for safe patient handling

Read about how safe patient handling programs, policies, and equipment protect workers, save money, and improve patient care.

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"Safe Patient Handling: A Self-Assessment" PDF Screenshot
How is your hospital doing?

Assess your current safe patient handling program and identify opportunities for improvement.

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"Facts About Mechanical Equipment" PDF Screenshot
Busting the myths

Dispel common myths, barriers, and concerns about safe patient handling.

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"Safe Patient Handling Program Checklist" PDF Screenshot
What are the critical components of a safe patient handling program?

Use a checklist to help you start or evaluate your safe patient handling program.

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"What is a minimal
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Learn from the Leaders

Read profiles about successful safe patient handling programs.

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"Need a lift? Just Ask!" Poster Screenshot
Need a lift? Just Ask!

Download and customize a poster to educate your patients and their families about safe patient handling policies and equipment.

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