Date Added Resource Source
Dec 2016

Safety Checklists for the Homecare Industry (PDF)

This article, written by Lori Severson and Dr. Robyn Gershon addresses the usefulness of checklists to enhance workplace safety in the homecare indusry.

(Lockton Companies)
Jun 2016

Home Care

Providing home care can present additional health and safety challenges, as most homes were never intended or designed to be workplaces. The three most common causes of work-related injuries are overexertion; slips, trips, and falls; and motor vehicle incidents. Home care workers may also be exposed to infectious diseases and violent behaviour.

(WorkSafe Online - Workers' Compensation Board of BC)
Aug 2015

OSH Answer Fact Sheets: Working Alone - Off-site

Precautions should be used when workers are alone and working away from a central office. Unexpected events in unfamiliar environments can increase the risk of violence to the employee.

Sep 2012

How to Prevent Driving Related Injuries for Home Healthcare Workers

Driving from client to client, home healthcare workers are at high risk for motor vehicle-related injuries. Distracted driving, aggressive driving, lack of seatbelt use, driving while tired or after having used alcohol or drugs, poor weather conditions, and poorly maintained vehicles can all contribute to motor vehicle-related injuries.

Feb 2012

NIOSH Fast Facts Home Healthcare Workers: How to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (PDF)

Lifting and moving clients create a high risk for back injury and other musculoskeletal disorders for home healthcare workers.

Feb 2012

Home Healthcare Workers: How to Prevent Violence on the Job (PDF)

Home healthcare workers can be vulnerable as they face an unprotected and unpredictable environment each time they enter a client's community and home.

Dec 2002

A Back Injury Prevention Guide for Health Care Providers

This booklet is designed to provide general guidance for employers and employees about how to prevent back injury as a result of lifting and moving patients and residents. It may be useful in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, board and care homes, and during the provision of home health care.

(Oregon OSHA)
Research & Training
Feb 2010

Oregon Home Care Commission - Home Care Worker Training

This site provides information on homecare working training in Oregon.

Feb 2010

NIOSH Hazard Review: Occupational Hazards in Home Healthcare

This document, NIOSH Publication No. 2010-125, aims to raise awareness and increase understanding of the safety and health risks involved in home healthcare and suggests prevention strategies to reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that too frequently occur among workers in this industry.