Background

PHIRES is an incident investigation tool to review incidents sustained through patient handling.

The PHIRES Tool is based on a systems-thinking approach to preventing patient-handling injuries. It is designed to help employers:

  • review, and if necessary revise, risk controls following a patient-handling injury
  • focus on risk controls for the task, rather than the injured person
  • consult with health and safety representatives (HSRs) and employees
  • identify more effective risk controls

Explanatory videos

The following videos explain the PHIRES Tool and its use.

PHIRES Introduction

PHIRES Introduction

PHIRES Step 1

PHIRES Step 1

PHIRES Step 2

PHIRES Step 2

PHIRES Step 3

PHIRES Step 3: Identifying factors for review

PHIRES Step 4

PHIRES Step 4

PHIRES Step 5

PHIRES Step 5: Developing action plans

Download the PHIRES Tool

The PHIRES Tool is available in an interactive Portable Document Format for downloading and printing.