Health & Community Services - useful websites/materials

Here is some websites/material you may find useful:

1 - Unions - The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

2 - The WorkSafe industry pages:

On these pages you will find a number of publications on workplace design (eg: Designing Better Workplaces for Safer Handling of Patients and Residents) and equipment and furniture.

Documents and resources:

  • Transferring people safely - provides a practical guide to managing risk, including handling patients, residents and clients in health, aged care, rehabilitation and disability services. It has been specifically developed to help those working in health services to reduce the incidence and severity of injuries resulting from manual handling.
  • Updated: Working Safely in Community Services  This is a 100 page publication aimed at managers, employees, contractors, temporary staff and volunteers who work in community services. The publication covers health & safety basics, managing OHS in your workplace, checklists & tools, managing accidents & claims, and resources & links. 
  • Working Safely in Visiting Health Services A 40 page publication developed for: public and private hospitals; locums within medical practices; nursing and convalescent homes; welfare and charitable homes; paramedical services (therapists and allied health workers); and community health centres.  It covers the same range of information as the publication above.
  • Occupational violence and aggression: Safety basics - general information on the prevention of OVA in workplaces.
  • Designing Workplaces For Safer Handling Of People provides advice on a range of design issues, including the selection of floor coverings in health and aged care facilities to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries from pushing and pulling wheeled equipment.
  • Prevention and management of aggression in health services - A handbook for workplaces This handbook provides a framework to identify, prevent and manage aggression and violence in health industry workplaces.
  • A number of relevant 'Injury Hotspots' such as Aged Care Services, Disability Services. 

4 - From SafeWork Australia:

6 - From the United States

  • The official US occupational health and safety research body NIOSH has two web-based 'topic pages'. The latest additions cover occupational respiratory disease surveillance , and  hazardous drug exposures in health care
  • From the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ergonomics guidelines for the nursing home industry . The guidelines recommend the elimination of manual handling of nursing residents by staff to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. The OSHA reviewed existing ergonomics practices and programs, State OSHA programs, as well as available scientific information.  
7 - From the ILO:

8 - From the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: the Health Sector section of the site which has information on needlestick injuries, case studies and more.

Last updated September 2019