The aged care sector is one of the highest ranked in work-related musculoskeletal injury risks in Australia. Among the most common injuries in the workforce is shoulder injury, mostly caused by lifting clients.
As such, employers and employees need to identify and control the hazards associated with the sector. Some of the exposure to heavy lifting and strain to the shoulder can be found on commonly performed tasks. These include:
- Manually assisting clients with transfers into and out of chairs and bed
- Dressing clients
- Showering clients
- Item lifting; Laundry bag, bucket
1. The use of modern equipment
There is a wide range of assistive equipment that can be used to minimise risks posed to employees and help make the work easier. This includes:
- Total body mechanical lift
- Adjustable tub gurney
- Rolling shower chairs
- Bus power lifts and wheelchair tie-downs
2. Adopting best work practices
- Team lifting policy
- Job rotation
- Job-specific training
3. Staff retraining
By providing workers with refresher courses, you can improve the quality of work and reduce the frequency of injuries.
Although not all the above recommendations are a must for ergonomics rule compliance, incorporating them is ideal for a safer and less strenuous workplace.
At Recovery Partners, we understand that prevention is better than a cure. Our team is well equipped and can help you conduct a task analysis and develop strategies to make the work environment safer.
Our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/
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