Ergonomics for Environmental Services – Housekeeping

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


OCHE webinar April 10, 2018  – Ergonomics for Environmental Services: An Injury Prevention Approach.Click here to access the webinar presentation handout

Resources from WorkSafeBC, Canada.

Accommodations for Housekeeping/Janitorial Workers with Industrial Injuries (2002). From the Job Accommodation Network  (JAN)

Ergonomics Work Practices for pushing beds & stretchers Lynda Enos for Oregon Health and Science University Hospital

Environmental Services Health Care Facilities. An Ergonomic Review(2003). Behl, D., Kolton, J., & Levitt. M. A PowerPoint presentation –Cornell University

Housekeeper_Manager_Ergo_Training – PowerPoint Training. Institute for Ergonomics. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Musculoskeletal health of cleaners (1999). Prepared by Robens Centre for Health Ergonomics, European Institute for Health and Medical Sciences University of Surrey for the Health and Safety Executive and UNISON, Authors Valerie Woods, Peter Buckle and Dr. Michael Haisman.

E-fact 51: Managing psychosocial risks with cleaning workers from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Factsheet 86 – Preventing harm to cleaning workers from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

The occupational safety and health of cleaning workers(2009) European Agency for Safety and Health at Work .This report provides an overview of the most important issues related to occupational safety and health (OSH) for cleaning workers in terms of working conditions, risks and prevalence of exposures and health outcomes, and identifies information gaps and challenges.

Musculoskeletal risk factors in cleaning occupation—A literature review (2008). Kumar, R., & Kumar, S. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 38(2);158-170.

OSHA Hospital E-Tool: Housekeeping

Ten reasons to use Microfiber Mopping 2003 – Sustainable Hospitals Project U. Mass Lowell

Using Carts in Healthcare: A Resource Guide for Reducing Musculoskeletal Injury from the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Health Care in British Columbia (OHSAH):

Working Safer and Easier for Janitors, Custodians, and Housekeepers (2005). From CAL-OSH

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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 the Washington 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 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.

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