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Identifying the critical physical demanding tasks of paramedic work
Towards the development of a physical employment standard Public safety related occupations including police, fire and military commonly apply physical employment standard (PES) to facilitate job matching, an approach to evaluate if candidates demonstrate acceptable physical capabilities as required to perform the job safely and effectively. In Canada, paramedics remain as one of the few public safety occupations without an evidence-based, validated PES. The purpose of this study was to document and describe the physical demands of paramedic work and to identify the most physically demanding tasks...
Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric patients and clients in Australia
The project to address the following research questions: > What are the OHS risks associated with manual handling of bariatric patients to which workers such as nurses, ambulance officers, fire fighters, and those in the funeral industry in Australia are exposed? > What measures (e.g. plans, policies, processes and equipment, supported by adequate training) have been introduced in Australia to reduce or eliminate the risks? > How effective are the above measures? > Where might further intervention be required to control the risk in Australian workplaces? The exploratory research project...

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