two occupational safety and health nurses using OHSN to identify injury trends among their healthcare workers

Intervention Tools

NIOSH Publications

Blood and Body Fluid Exposures

Patient Handling

  • Safe Patient Handling Training for Schools of Nursing (2009) A toolkit for training nurses in Safe Patient Handling. It includes documentation and background, a narrated slide presentation, patient-handling algorithms, and laboratory activities.
  • Safe Lifting and Movement of Nursing Home Residents (2006) This guide is intended for nursing home owners, administrators, nurse managers, safety and health professionals, and workers who are interested in establishing a safe resident lifting program. Research conducted by NIOSH, the Veterans’ Health Administration, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has shown that safe resident lifting programs that incorporate mechanical lifting equipment can protect workers from injury, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve the quality of care delivered to residents. This guide also presents a business case to show that the investment in lifting equipment and training can be recovered through reduced workers’ compensation expenses and costs associated with lost and restricted work days.
  • NIOSH Science Blog- Preventing Back Injuries in Healthcare Settings This 2008 blog entry discusses issues around back injuries with references to relevant studies.

Sharps Injuries

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Workplace Violence

  • Violence: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals (2002): The purpose of this brochure is to increase worker and employer awareness of the risk factors for violence in hospitals and to provide strategies for reducing exposure to these factors.
  • Workplace Violence Prevention for NursesCDC Course No. WB1865 – NIOSH Pub. No. 2013-155 (2013): The purpose of this course is to help healthcare workers better understand the scope and nature of violence in the healthcare workplace. Participants will learn how to recognize the key elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program, how organizational systems impact workplace violence, and how to apply individual strategies and develop skills for preventing and responding to workplace violence. Content is derived from content experts and from the OSHA 2004 Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care & Social Service Workers (OSHA 3148-01R 2004).

Related NIOSH Resources

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Provides extensive information, documents, resources, and citations for preventing and responding to needlesticks and other bloodborne pathogen exposures.
  • Exposure to Stress: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals Explores sources and possible adverse effects of occupational stressors among hospital workers and proposes solutions.
  • Health Care Workers NIOSH topic page with resources and information on occupational hazards and their prevention for health care workers.
  • Safe Patient Handling NIOSH topic page with multiple links and resource documents.
  • Surveillance Definition and description of surveillance activities at NIOSH.

External Links

Page last reviewed: May 9, 2017