Ergonomic Patient Handling Card®


The Ergonomic Patient Handling Card® is a training scheme intended for all social and health care professionals, students and their educators. It aims to promote both safety at
work and patient safety.

  • Good working practices in the health care sector promote safe, fluent work, thus reducing e.g. musculoskeletal strain due to heavy workload in patient handling.
  • Improve the risk assessment and risk management abilities of caregivers and the entire work community.
  • Increase patients’ safety and the quality of their care.
  • Increase caregivers’ well-being at work.

The Ergonomic Patient Handling Card® training scheme

  • defines the competencies, skills and know-how required for safe patient handling situations
  • takes into account the obligations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Finland 738/2002)
  • enables caregivers to improve their competencies in helping patients’ basic movement and in patient handling
  • increases commitment to training schemes as part of the safety management system for health care organizations
  • increases the effectiveness of training schemes for safe, fluent working practices.

Further information about The Ergonomic Patient Handling Card®

The Card is a national Finnish training scheme managed by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH).  The content of the Card is based on studies and good practices of nursing ergonomics. Its development was supported by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in collaboration with national experts in ergonomics.

Content of the training scheme includes both E-learning phase and contact sessions (Figure). The Card is valid for five years; a one-day refresher session is required to maintain its validity.