Safe Patient Handling in Health Care:
Applied Ergonomics for Nurses and Health Care Workers
Patient Orientation

Presented by
Oregon Nurses Association,
Bay Area Hospital,
The University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center

four images of patient handling

The program is designed with flexibility in mind. Tailor this program to meet your organization's specific needs, for example, the materials provided can be used to develop or enhance an existing ergonomics or safe-lift program at your facility.

This training program is designed to be used as a supplement and in conjunction with the Oregon OSHA's Back Injury Prevention Guide for Health Care Providers and Ergonomics Awareness Training courses available through Oregon OSHA. For more information, see the Ergonomics topic page.

This program is not a substitute for specific training on the safe use of patient handling equipment. Not all patient handling equipment available is shown in the training videos.

The training program is divided into two sections:

  1. Applied Ergonomics for Nurses and Health Care Workers
    Materials provided:
  2. Patient Orientation
    Materials provided:

This material has been made possible by a grant from Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

The content is intended to provide current information about ergonomics and safety issues related to patient handling and care tasks. The field of ergonomics is dynamic, and new information is constantly being developed.