OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 14 Lifting and Handling Loads

Sections 209.1 and 209.2 General Comments

Healthcare organizations have identified several challenges in trying to reduce injuries related to patient handling tasks. These include

(a) lack of appropriate numbers and types of patient lifting devices,
(b) facility design issues that compromise the ability to provide proper ergonomic solutions to lifting and transferring tasks,
(c) reluctance of staff to employ mechanical lifting aids in patient handling tasks,
(d) inadequate training of caregivers in biomechanics,
(e) lack of communication about the status of patients i.e. requirements for specific lifting/transferring strategies, and
(f) increased weight of many patients, impacting the ability to use standard lifting devices.