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Innovation in tools for safe manual handling in a Hong Kong private hospital

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Staff in the healthcare industry are susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries due to frequent manual handling procedures. The study describes the systematic approach in proactive risk assessment of occupational safety and innovative design of appropriate tools to minimise the risk of injury to staff in a private hospital in Hong Kong. As a result, 4 tools to cater to specific manual handling procedures were developed by an in-house engineering team. The study highlights the benefits of incorporating innovations in tool (re)design to enhance safe manual handling in a hospital setting.

  • Manual Handling Operation
  • Mechanical Aid
  • Assistive Design
  • Innovation
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