What should your lift policy include?
The following elements should be addressed in a safe lift policy, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:
Manual lifting is unsafe for residents and staff and is not permitted.
Minimum standards for the lifting program.
Transferring needs of each resident are assessed and reassessed as a resident's transferring needs change.
The amount of lifting equipment required.
Requirements to select appropriate lifting methods.
Training requirements for caregivers.
Responsibilities for all caregivers.
Safe lifting and movement of nursing home residents, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.