Healthcare Workers: Physical Hazards

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Physical Hazards

Musculoskeletal disorders are a major concern in occupational healthcare. Injuries occur frequently and are often due to repeated handling of patients, which involves heavy manual lifting when transferring or repositioning patients and working in extremely awkward positions. Lifting becomes more difficult by the increasing weight of patients to be lifted due to the obesity epidemic in the United States and an increasing number of elderly people who require assistance with daily living activities.

Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders




Page last reviewed: July 21, 2016