Training Programs: WNYCOSH provides worker safety and health training to thousands of workers in the Western New York area.

  • Our goal is to create a healthy and safe workplace by improving the working conditions of all workers.
  • Through our trainings, we can provide the information and tools that can keep workers and safe and healthy.
  • We cover a wide range of topics on how to identify, evaluate and control hazards they are exposed to on the job.

Training Topics:

  • OSHA Standards: Hazard Communication Standard-GHS • Confined Space Hazards • Lockout/Tagout • Personal Protective Equipment • Hearing Conservation Program • Hazardous Waste/Emergency Response • Lab Standards
  • Chemical Hazards: Asbestos • Carcinogens • Indoor Air Quality • Lead • Pesticides • Reproductive Hazards • Green Cleaning Products
  • Biological Hazards: Bloodborne Pathogens/HIV/TB • Infection Control • Radiation • H1N1Virus
  • Physical Hazards: Heat Stress • Cold Stress • Noise • Vibration
  • Ergonomic Hazards: Safe Patient/Resident Handling • Back Injury Prevention • Office Ergonomics-Workstation Design • Repetitive Motion Injuries/Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Safety Hazards: Electrical: • Assault/Violence • Welding/Cutting • Machine Guarding • Ladders/Scaffolds • Trenching/Shoring • Fire/Explosion
  • Other Health & Safety Issues: Workers Rights Under OSHA • Job Hazard Analysis • Accident/Incident Investigation • Process Hazard Analysis • Job Stress • Office Hazards • Fork Truck Safety/PIT • Crisis Management • Recordkeeping • OSHA 10-hr General Industry, Green Cleaning Products & Toxic Use Reduction • New York State Education Law on Green Cleaning

Safe-Patient Handling/Resident Handling Training Available:

1) Safe Patient/Resident Handling Team Training

24-hour Train-the-Trainer Series (modules also offered as individual trainings)

  • Team Meeting Skills for Safe Patient/Resident Handling Ergonomic Teams – (4 hrs.)
  • Making the Case for Safe Patient/Resident Handling Programs – (4 hrs.)
  • Patient/Resident Handling and Equipment Solutions– (4 hrs.)
  • Maintaining & Tracking the SPH/SRH Ergonomics Program – (3 hrs.)
  • SPH/SRH Ergonomics Team Role in Training – (6 hrs.)

2) SPH Training Series (NEW grant-supported training)

WNYCOSH has developed a new Safe Patient Handling training series. This Safe Patient Handling program consists of three, 5-hour sessions. Healthcare frontline workers, managers and in-service trainers can choose from among these sessions that will improve their competency in carrying out Safe Patient Handling programs.
This program is for facilities that have instituted Safe Patient Handling programs, but may have deficiencies in some aspects of their programs. These sessions are designed to address specific needs.

Session 1 (5hrs.). Introduction to SPH, Building SPH Ergonomic Committees and Documenting Patient Handling Injuries.

Participants will get an introductory overview of Safe Patient Handling including the limitation of body mechanics for preventing injuries; information on the structure and functions of Safe Patient Handling Ergonomics Committees and who needs to be included to implement and sustain a successful SPH program, and, how to identify and record patient handling-related injuries on OSHA 300 Logs and Workers’ Compensation C-2 forms and how to use this information. This session includes participatory exercises.

Session 2 (5 hrs.). Facility, Patient and Equipment Assessments and Hands-on Training on Equipment.

Participants will learn how to determine patient handling equipment needs, how to assess their facilities with respect to accommodating equipment, how to assess the amount and type of equipment needed to eliminate manual lifting and how to use an assessment tool that analyzes the patient census at their facilities (number of independent, extensive assist, limited assist, and independent residents). Training will be provided on the procedures for using equipment, as well as hands-on demonstration of equipment use. This session includes participatory exercises.

Session 3 (5 hrs.). Safe Patient Handling Policy and Safe Patient Handling Ergonomic Committees

Participants will receive information on the purpose of SPH policy and guidelines for writing their facility policy. Information on SPH Ergonomics Committee team building, such as how to run a meeting, ensure inclusion of all participants, resolve conflicts and build consensus around the SPH program, will be provided. Methods of mentoring and evaluating staff competency in the proper use of patient handling equipment and devices will be presented. This session includes participatory exercises.

WNYCOSH Worker Center

The WNYCOSH Worker Center has many services and program. for more information please visit

WNYCOSH Worker Center Hotline. One important service of the Worker Center is the Hotline. At the Worker Center Hotline, we can assist you to solve problems at your workplace including not being paid all wages earned, an unsafe work environment, discrimination, or other issues. The WNYCOSH Worker Center can assist workers in 10 languages (See below). The Hotline can only accept messages, which will be returned within 3 business days.


English x700
Spanish x701
Karen X702
Arabic x703
Nepali x704
Burmese x705
Vietnamese x706
French x707
Somali x708
Swahili x709

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