SAFETY and POLICY – August 2018
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Safety – Correct Lifting
Safety Culture And Lifting: Let Your Kids Teach You the Safe Way!
Have you ever watched a small child lift something from the floor? The child performs lifting as a natural technique and accomplishes the task in the manner in which the body was designed to move.
How do they do it?
- Bend at the knees– They squat
- Keep the head up– They squat
- Lift with the legs– Kids don’t have a choice, with their weak arms
- Hold the load close– If it’s too far from their body, they can’t get their little arms around it
- Avoid twisting– They fall first
- Stable footing– Again, they fall
- Too heavy– They cry or call out for help
Their technique is natural, performed the way the body was designed to move, so stress on the body is minimized. Reaching or lifting with the back bent, either forward or backward, is very stressful on the back.
While light loads may seem to be of small concern, they can become a significant factor in the frequency of costly back injuries. Improper work heights and work methods also contribute to poor body mechanics.
Body mechanics studies the forces which affect the human body. The laws of physics and engineering are used to analyze the body as it applies force and has force applied to it. When we talk about the back, “poor body mechanics” refers to a method of performing a task that puts an undesirable and often excessive amount of stress on the back.
Fortunately, simple engineering and administrative changes can help in these areas.
Anyone who has attended a “Proper Lifting” class or “Back School” was taught how to lift the right way–like little children do it. Unfortunately, as children grow older they un-learn this natural behavior by watching adults perform unsafe or improper lifting tasks because it is often faster. Then these bad habits they pickup become “the way we’ve always done it.” Habits learned and practiced over a long period of time are hard to break. Let’s not get farther behind. Start practicing the correct methods of lifting. Does it make sense to use “good body mechanics?” Of course it does.
Even children understand how to lift something safely.
Source: AR WCCC Health/Safety Div
Policy – Peer Review
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Applicant Peer Reviews are performed on all healthcare professionals with detrimental criteria that may affect quality assurance, patient care and credentialing protocols outcomes during the application and re-application process. Any professional liability actions, credentials failures, civil and criminal actions violating laws and regulations, or violations of TRS policy will result in investigation and documentation of all issues.
Default Peer Reviews are also performed on all clinical, professional or personal incidents that may result in an early termination of assignment by the client, the healthcare professional or TRS.