Laundry

Ergonomics for Environmental Services – Laundry

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Also refer to Resources about Materials Handling and Tools on the Maintenance Page

Laundry Services

Publications from the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Health Care in British Columbia (OHSAH):

Ergonomic Guidelines for Laundry Workers, Supervisors and Managers(2003) from Ontario Safety Association for Community & Healthcare

Ergonomics In The Laundry / Linen Industry(2003) Laundry Today Online News Magazine

Report of Ergonomics Risk Assessment of Food Services and Laundry Services (2000). From the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (East Division)

Resources from WorkSafeBC, Canada.

Click here  to find information to the following questions related to Hotel Laundry (can be applied to Health Care Laundry Services) from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
What kind of work do people do in the hotel laundry?
What are the tasks involved in “Sorting and Washing”?
What are the risk factors of “Sorting and Washing”?
What are the tasks involved in “Drying and Folding”?
What are the risk factors of “Drying and Folding”?
What are the tasks involved in retrieving pieces of laundry?
What are the risk factors of retrieving pieces of laundry?
What are the tasks involved in folding towels?
What are the risk factors involved in folding towels?
How can we reduce the risk factors for RMI?

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Other Resources

Ergonomics Ideas Bank - A searchable collection of ideas, that may help you reduce exposure to awkward postures, high hand force, repetitive motions, lifting, vibration and other risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in your workplace from theWashington State Dept. of Labor & Industries.

Search the following professional association sites for 'Ergonomics' to view various articles and resources

NIOSH Ergonomics and

Musculoskeletal Disorders resource page

The OSHA Hospital E-Tool Healthcare Module for Laundry. This site contains some ideas for ergonomics as well as other common hazards that might be found in the Laundry.

The OSHA Safety and Health Topics for Ergonomics.

This site contains links to resources related to common safety and health hazards that might be found in Environmental Services.

Working Safely In Health Care a Practical Guide (2007).  Ed - D. Fell Carlson. Thomson Delmar Learning. Chapter 3 discusses how to Perform Clinical Tasks Safely by applying ergonomics principles to prevent injuries. www.Delmarhealthcare.com

Analysis Tools for Ergonomists From Thomas E. Bernard, University of South Florida and

Workplace Ergonomics Tools from Cornell University

Basic and advanced ergonomics analysis tools for evaluation of a wide variety of job tasks

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) Various ergonomics analysis methods

L&I ergonomics evaluation tools