The home care sector consists of organisations, their employees and volunteers who provide home care services to frail older people or people with a disability or illness. These services assist clients to be more independent at home and in the community.
Between 2004 and 2008, more than 700 home care workers were seriously injured at work in Victoria, with the majority of these injuries occurring in clients' homes. Eighty percent of these injuries were sprains and strains, also known as musculoskeletal injuries.* These injuries are preventable.
Home care – occupational health and safety kit
This kit provides practical advice about controlling the risks associated with the most common hazardous tasks in home care.
The kit is made up of:
- a description the seven most common hazardous tasks that cause workplace injuries in the home care sector, the roles and responsibilities of service providers, employees and clients under the OHS Act and using the hierarchy of controls method to select the best reasonably practicable control
- seven Health and Safety Solutions to outline ways to control the risks associated with these tasks, and a range of other information about OHS.
*Based on WorkSafe Victoria's injury statistics from 2004 to 2008