Managing Health, Safety, Manual Handling in Healthcare Course | Alison

Managing Health and Safety in Healthcare - Physical Hazards

Learn more about healthcare occupational health and safety, risk assessment, and implementation of control measures.

Health and Safety
Free Course
This free online health and safety management course focuses on physical hazards in a healthcare environment. A physical hazard may be an agent, factor, or circumstance capable of causing harm with or without contact. In this course, you will learn that physical hazards include ergonomic hazard, radiation, heat and cold stress, vibration hazard, and noise hazard, study two of the main physical hazards found in healthcare settings, and much more.





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This course begins by discussing slips, trips, and falls. These accidents are very common since hazards are present everywhere. By studying this course, you will learn that the most common slip, trip, and fall hazards are poor lighting, unsuitable floor coverings, trailing cables, uneven or damaged flooring, spills on the floor, and scattered objects. Knowing how they occur can help you come up with control measures to prevent accidents from happening.

You will then study manual handling and patient handling. Manual handling includes any lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving of a load which, by reason of its characteristics or unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of a back injury, to employees. With this course, you will learn manual handling risk assessment as well as the implementation of control measures. By putting them in place, you will be able to eliminate or reduce the chance of an injury from occurring.

Slips, trips, and falls may result in cuts, bruises, fractures, dislocations, and other serious injuries while improper manual handling may result in muscle pulls and strains, trapped nerves, hernias, and back pains. With this course, you will gain better insight into the different physical hazards so you can conduct a manual handling risk assessment and implement control measures to prevent them from happening. Check out this course and start learning today.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

  • list two of the main physical hazards found in healthcare settings
  • recognise how slips, trips and falls can occur
  • describe control measures relevant to slips, trips and falls
  • explain how to conduct a manual handling risk assessment, and
  • describe control measures relevant to manual handling.


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