Oregon Coalition for HealthCare Ergonomics (OCHE)

The purpose of this website is to provide a wide range of current information about health care ergonomics to health care safety and ergonomics professionals, providers, organizations, employees, and consumers.








What’s New

The first OCHE webinar Solutions to Challenges Associated with Handling and Mobilizing Bariatric Patients was conducted on December 7, 2017. Click here to access the recorded webinar.
 Click here to access the webinar handout materials including Bariatric care protocols provided by PeaceHealth Oregon West Network.

Questions? Email:[email protected]

Thank you to SAIF corporation for hosting this webinar. We plan to offer another webinar in the Spring 2018. Check back here for more information in 2018!

Speaker Bios Lynda Enos  Candace Shorock

Abstract Submissions Now Being Accepted! for the 1st International Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Conference: Bringing Solutions to Shared Challenges.   September 4-7, 2018  at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA (USA). For more information go to www.sphmjournal.com

Read about the OCHE  –  “Focus on State Advocacy: Oregon’s Success Story” American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement, 5, (1): 27-33.

Did you know that you can access free Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) training videos that can be used to help educate employees about the importance of SPHM and how they can reduce their risk of injury when lifting and moving patients or residents?
Video 1: Applied Ergonomics for Nurses and Health Care Workers and Patient Orientation and Instructor Guide developed with a training grant from Oregon OSHA
Video 2: Time for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility developed by the Washington State Hospital Association as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) program

Ergonomics for Clinical Support
& Diagnostic Services

Ergonomics for Environmental Services
& Facility Design

Information & Resources
For Stakeholders

Formed in 2003 the OCHE is a working partnership between health care industry groups and professional associations, academia, labor, workers’ compensation insurance, and Oregon OSHA. 

Our mission is to improve healthcare employee and consumer safety by promoting ergonomics best practices across the continuum of care.The OCHE continuously seeks to build collaborative partnerships to develop evidence based activities that reduce the incidence of work related MSDs, improve patient safety and benefit the business of health care in Oregon.

OCHE members include ergonomists, nurses, therapists, safety and other health care professionals.  Click here for more information about the OCHE

Funding for hosting of this site has been provided through the CROET Nursing Worksite Award. This website is maintained by volunteer members of OCHE. We need your help to make sure it is current and contains all necessary information. Contact us if you know of any resources that should be added to the site or if you have tools and success stories that you would like to share.

Equipment brand names, manufacturers or vendors seen on this website do not constitute endorsement of the device, equipment, product or service by the OCHE or any of its member organizations. The OCHE or any of its member organizations, makes no representations or warranties as to the quality, content, nature, or reliability of the information contained in this website, including but not limited to its currency, accuracy, or completeness. You expressly agree that use of this site, including all content or date distributed by, downloaded, or accessed from or through this site, is at your own risk.

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