Health care

Tools to help keep health care workers safe, from radiation protection to ergonomics to home care

General Healthcare worker safety

Hazard review: Occupational hazards in home health care (NIOSH) [PDF]
Report that raises awareness, increases understanding, and suggests prevention strategies to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses

Health care workers (NIOSH)
This website covers a wide range of health care safety-related topics including: general resources, biological hazards and controls, chemical hazards, home health care, physical hazards and controls, slips, tips, and falls, violence, and more

eTool | Hospital hazards by work area (OSHA)

Worker safety in hospitals (OSHA) 
Resources to assist you in assessing workplace safety needs, implementing safety and health management systems, and enhancing your safe patient handling programs

Infection Prevention and Blood-borne Pathogens

Hand hygiene in healthcare settings (CDC)
Protect yourself and your patients from deadly germs. Online training and other resources explain how and why hand washing is important.

Radiation Safety

Radiation protection in health care [PDF] 
An overview of some of the control measures and rules for the safe use of ionizing radiation

Radiation safety poster (ORSIF) [PDF]
This infographic poster describes the impact of radiation in health care settings and provides a guide for limiting exposure.

Safe Patient Handling / Healthcare ergonomics

Curricular materials: Safe patient handling training for schools of nursing (NIOSH) [PDF]
A tool kit for the safe patient handling and movement training program

eToolErgonomics in a healthcare setting (OSHA)

Guidelines for nursing homes: Ergonomics for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (OSHA) [PDF]
Recommendations to help nursing home employers reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Oregon coalition for health care ergonomics (OCHE)
Ergonomics resources for clinical support and diagnostic services, facilities, and other hospital stakeholders

Safe lifting and movement of nursing home residents (NIOSH) [PDF]
A guide for anyone interested in establishing a safe resident lifting program that includes a business case for the program

Workplace Violence in Healthcare

Online training | Workplace violence prevention for nurses (CDC)

Workplace violence in hospitals (OSHA)
The rate of violent incidents is four times greater in healthcare than in private industry on average. Find resources to help build and implement a comprehensive workplace violence program in your healthcare facility. 

Video library

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  • Respirators: your TB defense and TB respiratory protection: administrator's review | OCCUPAT-01
    16 minutes | This program is designed to educate health care workers on proper resp … Read more
  • Bloodborne pathogens (Safety in 8) | OCCUPAT-09 (English/Spanish)
    8 minutes | General overview of what a bloodborne pathogen is, how to protect ours … Read more
  • Combative residents mirror their reality | GENSAFE-28 (English/Spanish)
    23 minutes | Discusses how the health care worker can deal with the challenges of c … Read more
  • Home healthcare safety orientation | GENSAFE-13 (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese)
    15 minutes | This important program helps you recognize the potential dangers of wo … Read more
  • Latex allergy: stop the reaction | OCCUPAT-18 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    22 minutes | For the health care industry | Excellent "awareness" video discussing … Read more
  • Needlestick prevention: stick to safety | OCCUPAT-15 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    11 minutes | Protect yourself and your staff from dangerous exposure to blookbourne … Read more
  • Personal safety for the home health caregivers | GENSAFE-56 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    15 minutes | Physical violence, verbal abuse, or sexual abuse are dangerous possibi … Read more
  • Personal protective equipment: awareness and attitude | PPE-05
    | This video contains a clear, concise overview of various types of PPE, … Read more
  • BBP for hospitality | OCCUPAT-12
    8 minutes | This video meets the training requirements for employees working in se … Read more