Pressure injury prevention workplace health and safety

SectionRecommendation Grade of recommendation
23. Staff undertaking pressure injury prevention and management activities are to undertake a risk assessment of the intended activity/ies to protect the health and safety of the patient and all staff involved. (1) NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011
The evidence review for these recommendations was current to December 2012. Clinicians are advised to check the literature as research may have been published that changes these recommendations.

Prevention of work injury is an important aspect of any clinical practice guideline. Users are directed to the following policy directives covering work health and safety. Local policy must also be consulted.

NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011

The NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 states that organisations must eliminate the health and safety risks to workers where at all possible. When it is not possible to eliminate risks, the risk must be minimised as far as reasonably practicable. Organisations must provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by staff. Staff have a responsibility to use that PPE according to policy.

The worker has an obligation under the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to:

  1. take all reasonable care for their own safety
  2. take care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons
  3. comply with any reasonable instruction that they are given.

Practice point - Preventing staff injury during pressure injury prevention

A risk assessment will help to prevent staff injury by identifying:

  • the lifting equipment required
  • the number of staff required and the roles that they will complete.


  1. NSW Government. Work Health and Safety Act 2011.


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