Protecting the Caregivers – Preventing Injuries in Long Term Care

Co-Sponsored by:
COHSE and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), a Division of The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
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To register:


Work-related injuries among healthcare workers can be reduced through development of a systematic program to address workplace risk factors.  This course will provide participants the tools necessary to develop and implement the essential elements of a safe patient handling system and to address other workplace safety hazards.  Industry experts will provide specific examples of how to reduce work-related injuries associated with ergonomic risk factors.  This course will cover the management systems critical for a good safe patient handling program.  Additionally, the business case for reducing employee injury and illness rates associated with safe patient handling will be described.

Program topics include*:
• OSHA’s long term care national emphasis program
• Business case for safe patient handling
• Elements for an effective safe patient handling program
• Root cause analysis to identify and implement work changes
• Incorporating patient and employee safety into patient care plans
• Case study presentations that demonstrate the value of lift assists in reducing employee injuries.

*Speakers and topics subject to change


The objective of this program is to provide attendees with the knowledge of basic workplace and systems design principles needed to recognize safety hazards and workplace ergonomic problems and recommend workplace designs in the healthcare setting.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for professionals who are responsible for the prevention of or rehabilitation from workplace injuries and illnesses and the safety of employees in long-term care or other healthcare settings, particularly nursing home administrators, human resource professionals, physical and occupational therapists, health and safety professionals, physicians, nurses, workplace design engineers, and management and labor representatives.


All meetings are accessible and barrier free.  Please contact the University of Michigan or the CET Division, at least 30 days in advance, to request necessary accommodations.

The meeting site and parking is accessible.  Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products, in order to enhance accessibility for everyone.  People with disabilities requiring additional services (such as materials in alternative format) in order to participate in the meeting should call 517.322.1809 at least 30 days before the program.  The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is an equal opportunity employer/program.

General Information

Cost: $125

To register:

To register over the phone or by mail, call 734-936-0148 or email: Registration includes course handouts, continental breakfast, breaks and lunch.


Industrial and Operations Engineering Building
University of Michigan North Campus
1205 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI

Hotel Information:

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a group rate at the following nearby hotels*:

Hampton Inn
2300 Green Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Group code: 393377
Rate: $109/night
Must book by September 14, 2013 to get the special rate.

Holiday Inn – Near the University of Michigan
3600 Pylmouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Group code: Protecting the Caregivers
Rate: $99/night
Must book before September 23, 2013 to get the special rate.

Hawthorne Suites
3535 Green Court
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Group code: UofM
Rate: $102/night

*Attendees are responsible for their own reservations.

Parking and Transportation:

Free two-way shuttle transportation provided by Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn and Hawthorne Suites for hotel guests.

Pre-paid University Parking Pass $12 for Faculty/Staff Yellow and Blue lots. Handicapped parking available outside the IOE Building with the purchase of a prepaid Faculty/Staff parking pass ($12). First-come, first serve metered parking is available at Visitor Parking (VP) surface lots (see map for locations).  Parking Map – North Campus

All-day commuter transportation available from Ann Arbor Commuter lots with service provided by the Ann Arbor Transport Authority (visit for fares, routes and locations).

Inquiries can be directed to Amy Warhaft at or call 734-936-0148.

The University of Michigan is an Education and Research Center funded by the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.