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    Safety and Ergonomics.

    Module 5 – Case/Safety and Ergonomics.

    Assignment Overview
    Injuries among health care workers are among the highest of any profession, according to a new comprehensive study of the issue published by a group of workplace

    safety engineers.  Nursing homes record the highest injury rates among all health care facilities, the most frequent injury is to the back.  Slips, trips and falls,

    violence and chemical exposure cause other injuries, with nurses being the workers who experience the highest rate of injury. (Cole, 2013)
    Case Assignment
    In this Case you are the health and safety manager of a nursing home.  Your task is to address injuries from slips, trips and falls.  Write a paper in which you:
    1.    Use information from the literature to identify the presence of these injury risks in the nursing home facility.
    2.    Describe how you would go about evaluating which injuries are of priority to address.
    3.    Prepare a plan to implement changes in the nursing home and reduce injuries to the nurses that work in the facility.
    Assignment Expectations
    Use information from your module readings/articles as well as appropriate research to support your paper.
    Length: The CAP assignment should be 3-5 pages long (double-spaced).
    References: At least three references must be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required Reading is included. Quoted materials

    should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. Materials

    copied verbatim from external sources must be enclosed in quotation marks. In-text citations are required as well as a list of references at the end of the assignment.

    (APA format is recommended.)
    Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.
    Format: APA format is recommended for this assignment.
    Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and

    sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity.
    The following items will be assessed in particular:
    •    Achievement of learning objectives for SLP assignment.
    •    Relevance – All content is connected to the question.
    •    Precision – Specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate.
    •    Depth of discussion – Points that lead to deeper issues are presented and integrated.
    •    Breadth – Multiple perspectives and references, and multiple issues/factors are considered.
    •    Evidence – Points are well supported with facts, statistics, and references.
    •    Logic – Discussion makes sense; conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information.
    •    Clarity – Writing is concise and understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples.
    •    Objectivity – Avoids the use of first person and subjective bias.

    Required Reading
    Bell J. L., Collins J. W., Tiesman H. M., Ridenour M., Konda S., Wolf L., & Evanoff B. (2013). Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries Among Nursing Care Facility Workers.

    Workplace Health & Safety, 61(4), 147-52.

    Boschman J.S., Van der Molen H.F., Sluiter J.K., Frings-Dresen M.H.W. (2012).  Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Construction Workers: A One-year Follow-up Study.

    Musculoskeletal Disorders, 13:196-204.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011).  Construction Safety and Health. Retrieved on 1/6/14 at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/construction/

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013).  Traumatic Occupational Injuries.  Retrieved on 1/6/14 at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/injury/

    Healey, B.J., & Walker, K.T. (2009).  Chapter 11: Ergonomics.  In Public Health/Environmental Health: Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice.

    Hoboken, NJ, USA: Jossey-Bass.

    Institute of Medicine (2000).  Chapter 3: The Changing Workforce.  In Safe Work in the 21st Century: Education and Training Needs for the Next Decade’s Occupational

    Safety and Health Personnel.  Washington, DC, USA: National Academies Press.
    Recommended Reading
    Benjamin A.C.III, Brewer, S., Tullar, J. M., Van Eerd, D., Cole, D. C., & Tompa, E. (2009). Musculoskeletal disorders.  Professional Safety, 54(3), 24-28.

    Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (2011).  Ergonomics.  Retrieved on 1/6/14 at http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013).  Electrical Safety. Retrieved on 1/6/14 at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/electrical/

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013).  Health Care Workers.  Retrieved on 1/6/14 at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/healthcare/
    Cole, C. (October 8, 2013). Health worker injuries among highest of any profession, safety engineers report. InsideOSHAOnline.

    Hamel K.D. (September 1, 2013).  Wipe Out Slips, Trips, and Falls. Retrieved on 1/6/14 at http://ohsonline.com/Articles/2003/09/Wipe-Out-Slips-Trips-and-Falls.aspx

    Institute of Medicine (2000).  Chapter 4: The Changing Workplace.  In Safe Work in the 21st Century: Education and Training Needs for the Next Decade’s Occupational

    Safety and Health Personnel.  Washington, DC, USA: National Academies Press.

    Kubis P. (October 1, 2013).  How Slip-Resistant Shoes Can Put Money Into Your Company’s Money.  Retrieved on 1/6/14 at  http://ohsonline.com/articles/2013/10/01/how-


    Noonan, J., & Wagner, S. (2010). A Biopsychosocial Perspective on the Management of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. American Association of Occupational Health

    Nurses Journal, 58(3): 105-14.

    Silverstein, M.. (2008). Getting Home Safe and Sound: Occupational Safety and Health Administration at 38. American Journal of Public Health, 98(3), 416-23.

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