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Health Safety and Ergonomics

The goal of professional services' Ergonomics, Health and Safety Program is to promote ergonomics, health and safety awareness and education among nurses in all practice settings and to advocate for a safe and healthy work environment in health care.

The ONA professional services staff provide expertise and consultation to members, PNCCs and Bargaining Units about a wide variety of occupational ergonomics, health and safety issues. They also represent members' issues on state coalitions related to issues such as safe patient handling and emergency preparedness.

There are numerous health and safety issues associated with health care facilities. Unfortunately, nursing personnel have one of the highest job-related injury rates of any occupation. This section of the ONA website will provide links to information and resources that fall into the five categories of safety risk hazards that are common in health care. These areas include: biological/infectious risks, chemical risks, environmental/mechanical risks, physical risks, and psychosocial risks.

Ergonomics & Safe Patient Handling

  • Ergonomics
  • Safe Patient Handling
  • Healthy Computing and Usability of Electronic Medical Records 
  • Health Care Facilities Design 

Click here for information on Ergonomics & Safe Patient Handling

Safety, Health & Environmental

  • Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Laser Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response

Click here for information on Safety, Health & Environmental.

Workplace Violence, Incivility & Stress

  • Oregon Workplace Violence Law for Health Care and WPV Resources
  • Incivility & Bullying
  • Dealing with Workplace Stress

Click here for information on Workplace Violence, Incivility & Stress.

Your Health & Safety Rights

  • Oregon OSHA and Workplace Safety
  • Workers Compensation
  • Return to Work Programs
  • ONA Resources

Click here for information on Your Health & Safety Rights.

We will be adding new resources and topics on a regular basis so please check back here soon.