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These are the most common injuries and hazards for people working in the aged care sector, as shown by injury claims.
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Eliminate manual lifting of patients, except in life-threatening situations.
Encourage patients to assist in their own transfers.
Provide appropriate mechanical aids and equipment (eg overhead tracking, hoists, mobile hoists, wheeled equipment, slide sheets), and ensure they are used properly and maintained in accordance with manufacturer specifications.
Develop a patient care plan that includes information about recommended mechanical aids and equipment, plus safe handling methods (including how many people should assist with transfer). Review the plan regularly.
Train employees on safe handling methods (eg work is done between shoulder and mid-thigh height and with the elbows close to the body) and how to safely use any mechanical aids and equipment.
5 per cent of the injuries were to a persons arm.
6 per cent of the injuries were to a persons forearm / wrist.
8 per cent of the injuries were to a persons knee.
20 per cent of the injuries were to a persons shoulder.
26 per cent of the injuries were to a persons back.
Develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures for workplace bullying and harassment.
Encourage employees to report any workplace stress factors (eg work demand, low control, poor support, lack of role clarity, organisational culture) and control appropriately.
Encourage a positive workplace culture, including reporting of bullying and harassment.
Ensure all employees understand what bullying, harassment and workplace stress is and the procedures for reporting incidents (eg policies and procedures should be promoted during employee induction and workplace bullying prevention training).
Provide access to and encourage employees to use employee counselling / support services, where possible.
13 per cent of the injuries were to a psychological system.
'If you are injured at work' poster
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