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Document ID (ISN)110902
CIS number 10-0570
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bird P.
Title Reducing manual handling workers compensation claims in a public health facility
Bibliographic information Dec. 2009, Vol.25, No.6, p.451-459. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract This article describes the implementation of a manual handling programme in various healthcare facilities in the region of Canberra, the capital of Australia. The programme involved consultation of the employees, hazard identification, hazard evaluation, engineering controls, behavioural controls, training systems and supporting management systems. A systematic approach was followed, with well-defined strategies for the various stages of pre-implementation, implementation and post-implementation. From 2005 to 2008, compensation claims were reduced by between 60% and 80%, time lost due to claims by between 79% and 98%, and costs by between 70% and 99%.
Descriptors (primary) Australian Capital Territory; manual handling; health programmes; hospitals; health care personnel; cost of diseases
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; sickness absenteeism; musculoskeletal diseases; programme evaluation; compensation of occupational diseases; economic aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Ergonomics
Work posture