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This course has important information for physiotherapists and other rehabilitation professionals about occupational hazards and controls in Alberta. This course covers legislative requirements, hazard identification and levels of control for common occupational hazards that impact rehabilitation professionals.

This module presents an overview of occupational health and safety, touching on Alberta's legislation and focusing on health and safety management systems in the workplace.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand employer's and employee's responsibilities to a safe workplace under the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act and codes.
  • Understand the need for and the procedures to conduct hazard assessments and risk evaluation.
  • Identify the hierarchy of controls that should be implemented to control hazards in the workplace.


Reference:

Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Rehabilitation Professionals , section 1, pages 5-21.


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This module discusses common biological hazards to which rehabilitation professionals are exposed and methods to control these hazards.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify significant biological hazards in the workplace that may impact you as a physiotherapist.
  • Identify the hierarchy of controls that should be implemented to control biological hazards in the workplace.
  • For each type of hazard, identify possible engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment controls.


Reference:
Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Rehabilitation Professionals, section 2, pages 24-35.

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This module discusses common chemical hazards to which rehabilitation professionals are exposed and methods to control these hazards.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify significant chemical hazards in the workplace that may impact you as a physiotherapist.
  • Identify the hierarchy of controls that should be implemented to control chemical hazards in the workplace.
  • For each type of hazard, identify possible engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment controls.
     

Reference:
Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Rehabilitation Professionals, section 2, pages 36-54.

 

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This module discusses common physical hazards, excluding lifting and handling, to which rehabilitation professionals are exposed and methods to control these hazards. Examples include:

  • radiation
  • electrical
  • mechanical
  • noise
  • vehicle driving hazards
     

Learning objectives:

  • Identify significant physical hazards in the workplace that may impact you as a physiotherapist.
  • Identify the hierarchy of controls that should be implemented to control physical hazards in the workplace.
  • For each type of hazard, identify possible engineering, adminstrative and personal protective equipment controls.

 

Reference:

Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Rehabilitation Professionals, section 2, pages 55-70.


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This module discusses common ergonomic hazards to which rehabilitation professionals are exposed and methods to control these hazards.
 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify significant ergonomic hazards in the workplace that may impact you as a physiotherapist.
  • Identify the hierarchy of controls that should be implemented to control ergonomic hazards in the workplace.
  • For each type of hazard, identify possible engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment controls.


Reference:
Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Rehabilitation Professionals, section 2, pages 55-70.

This module discusses common pychological hazards to which rehabilitation professionals are exposed and methods to control these hazards.
 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify significant psychological hazards in the workplace that may impact you as a physiotherapist.
  • Identify the hierarchy of controls that should be implemented to control pychological hazards in the workplace.
  • For each type of hazard, identify possible engineering, adminstrative and personal protective controls.


Reference:
Handbook of Occupational Hazards and Controls for Rehabilitation Professionals, section 2, pages 71-84.


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