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OSHA Announces More Patient Handling Training

OSHA has announced a second training session for workers in nursing and personal care facilities. The training is scheduled to be held Thurs., Sept. 5, 2002 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., in Newton, MA.

The free training is designed for facility operators, safety and health managers, hospital managers and employee representatives from nursing and personal care facilities in Massachusetts, noted Richard Fazzio, OSHA’s Methuen Area Director.

Participants will receive training to identify and address the four major causes of worker injuries and illnesses in nursing facilities – poor ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) related to resident handling; exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials; exposure to tuberculosis; and slips, trips and falls.

The training is part of an OSHA national emphasis program focusing outreach and enforcement efforts on specific hazards in nursing and personal care facilities with high injury and illness rates.

Seating is limited, so advance registration is requested. To register, call the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation at 617-558-0202.