Ergonomics Program Builds on Hospital Improvement Efforts

The Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) has released an online continuing education program to help nurses prevent musculoskeletal injuries in the clinical care setting.
The new online education program, developed by CPH‐NEW occupational ergonomics experts and faculty at the Solomont School of Nursing at UMass Lowell, offers 10 essential components of an effective prevention program to reduce patient handling injuries.

This free program consists of six self-paced online modules aimed at reducing risks for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Participants will learn to use ergonomic principles, work practice, and administrative controls to identify and reduce hazards associated with patient handling and non-patient handling tasks.
The program is intended to supplement the work that most hospitals have done to improve patient handling in an effort to protect both patients and the healthcare workforce.

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