A primary concern within health occupations is Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD’s), especially those related to the trunk and back from lifting and moving patients.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2016 nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants had the highest number MSD’s resulting in a day(s) away from work. The 2016 BLS data for overextension in lifting and lowering confirms Nursing Assistants had an injury rate of 41.3 per 10,000 full-time employees (US Department of Labor, 2016). Activities in health occupations revolve around the patients and very often require the movement of those patients. These types of tasks occur in nearly every realm of the health industry from EMS to nurses and even firefighters. BHC, Inc. will assist those in the health and social services industry by preparing their bodies for the difficult task of helping others.