Safe Patient Handling

Ergonomics in health care: key Web resources


From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
Janaury/February 2006 Edition

Compiled by Jamie Tessler, MPH
Occupational Ergonomics Consultant

1. Patient care ergonomics resource guide: safe patient handling and movement

By the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry of the Veteran’s Health Administration and the Department of Defense, Ergonomics Technical Advisory Group. This guide may be the most comprehensive resource to date for health care facilities on workplace assessment; equipment evaluation; patient assessment; no-lift policies; administrative strategies; and establishing competency programs.

2. Nursing home initiative: getting to zero

The Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program within the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries launched an initiative to implement and evaluate ergonomic interventions in the nursing home industry.

3. OHSAH: The Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia

This non-profit agency is dedicated exclusively to the health and safety of health care workers. Its Web site includes excellent materials on patient handling issues and ergonomics.


The Web site for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration contains materials related to nursing home hazards and ergonomics in health care.


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has produced dozens of excellent reports, health hazard evaluations, research digests and fact sheets about ergonomics.

6. New York State Public Employees Federation

The New York State Public Employees Federation publishes an equipment directory of patient handling equipment as a resource guide to facility-based ergonomics committees. This comprehensive directory contains toll-free numbers and brief descriptions of state-of-the-art lifting devices, lateral transfer equipment and other useful tools.

7. Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

This Web page is dedicated entirely to ergonomics in health care.

8. WING-USA: Work Injured Nurses Group

This site includes links to legislative and other news about preventing ergonomic injuries among nursing personnel.