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Course 774 - Safe Patient Handling Program

Safety guides and audits to make your job as a safety professional easier


Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.

Here's how it works (Read this... it's important!)

  1. Study each course module. Just click on the course "Modules" tab above to get started. It take about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the quiz.
  2. Complete each module quiz. Each quiz is 5 questions. When you submit the quiz, a new web page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. There is no need to wait! No hurry either. You are in control of the pace of learning.
  3. If you have questions as you study, just send us an email.

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  4. Order an Optional Certificate. If you want certification of your training, order a high quality certificate. Our training is free. We only charge a small fee to provide documentation of your training. If you are enrolled in one of our professional safety and health programs, you can save money by purchasing the program package that fits your needs. If you just want to purchase the certificate for this course, a link will be provided on your student dashboard after you pass the final exam. Just click on the "Purchase Certificate" Link.

    For individual courses, the PDF certificate is only $, the original certificate is $ (shipping extra), and the PDF & original certificate is $ (shipping extra).
  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • The final exam consists of 20 questions.
    • To meet OSHA requirements, you must pass the final exam with at least a 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

OK, Let's go!

Have fun and study hard. To start, just click on "Introduction" above.

Course Introduction

Hospitals have high rates of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses. Nearly 50 percent of injuries and illnesses reported in 2011 among nurses and nursing support staff were musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).


Your hospital can address the biggest cause of workplace injuries with a comprehensive program to promote safe lifting, repositioning, and transfer of patients.

Safe handling programs can include:

  • equipment, ranging from ceiling-mounted lifts to simple slide sheets that facilitate lateral transfer
  • minimal-lift policies and patient assessment tools
  • training for all caregivers or for dedicated lifting teams on proper use of the equipment

According to OSHA, several states now require hospitals to implement safe patient handling programs, and many more are considering it.

Reducing injuries not only helps workers, but also will improve patient care and the bottom line. This course will help you develop or refine a comprehensive safe patient handling program to protect workers and patients.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. MSD Assessment
  2. Management Support
  3. Policy and Program Development
  4. Program Evaluation
  5. Successful Safe Patient Handling Programs

Course 774 Final Exam

OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

If you have already paid for a Certificate Program

If you have already paid for your certificates, your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard next to the course. You will also be able to view or print the course PDF certificate if you purchased this option. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course.

If you only want free training

You are welcome to take all of our courses for free! We only charge a fee if you want certificates, transcripts and exam scores to document your training. If you have not made a payment for your certificate, we will archive your exam results and you will see "Completed!" next to the course if you passed the exam. If you did not pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher, you will need to retake the exam.

Take the Final Exam

Take the Final Exam

Course 774 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.


1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014a). MSD Assessment. Retrieved from:

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014b). Management Support. Retrieved from:

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014c). Policy/Program Development. Retrieved from:

4. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014d). Facility and Patient Needs Assessment. Retrieved from:

5. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014e). Facilitating Change. Retrieved from:

6. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014f). Busting the Myths. Retrieved from:

7. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014g). Program Evaluation. Retrieved from:

8. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2013). Effectiveness and Cost Savings. Retrieved from:

9. Association of Occupational Health Professionals.(2011). A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting. Retrieved from: