Dynamic Assessment of Torque Tools; and Validating the Effectiveness of a Comprehensive Safe Patient Handling Program in Long-term Care Facilities [8013]
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Room: B240

   Susan Kotowski, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Rehabiliation Sciences
   Carolyn Sommerich, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Track: Ergonomics
Secondary Track: Medical
Session Type: Educational Session
Skill Level: Basic


Presenters discuss results from two research projects funded by BWC’s Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Research Program.
The presenter for project three discusses why the use of powered-torque tools can pose a risk of cumulative exposure musculoskeletal (MSK) injury to tool operators. She covers the limitations of standards for assessing torque tools. In addition, she shares attempts researchers are making to reduce the risk of torque tool-related MSK injuries. This information is of interest to torque tool manufacturers, assembly operations stakeholders and torque tool operators.
The presenter for project four gives an update on what types of safe patient handling (SPH) programs exist in long-term care (LTC) facilities in Ohio. She also discusses their effectiveness in reducing negative patient and staff outcomes, and what makes an effective SPH program in LTC facilities. She presents data collection methods, evaluation tools, challenges and outcomes from on-site visits and surveys.

Learning Objectives:
Recognize torque tool operations as multi-component systems
Recognize how each system component can influence risk of operator injury
Explain the components of SPH programs
Describe how to evaluate the effectiveness of SPH programs and the benefits of an effective program

CEU Hours:  
  IACET: 0.1
  CRC: 1
  CDMS: 1
  BELTSS: 0.5
  BWC Discount Programs: 1

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