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Massage Therapist Safety Training

Massages are often thought of as a luxury, but in reality their benefits to overall psychological and physical health should make them a necessity for just about anyone trying to take better care of their body. At the same time, the therapists who provide this valuable service are often carting around heavy equipment and driving long distances to meet client demands, which can lead to unsafe situations and serious injuries. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Massage Therapists.

OSHA Required Training

Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA Regulation: 1910.1030(g)(2)

When OSHA Requires Bloodborne Pathogens Training:

Required for employees that may be occupationally exposed to blood or potentially infectious materials. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness Powerpoint

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos (paid):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in First Response Environments by Atlantic Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)

Hand Hygiene

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand Hygiene Training Resources (free):

  • Hand Hygiene Powerpoint

  • Hand Hygiene Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand Hygiene Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand Hygiene The Best Medicine by Coastal Training / DuPont

  • Hand Hygiene For Hands That Care by Coastal Training / DuPont

  • Handwashing Avoiding Germs And Viruses At Work by Coastal Training / DuPont

Hand, Wrist and Finger

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety It's In Your Hands by Coastal Training

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

CPR & AED

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable CPR & AED Training Resources (free):

  • CPR & AED Powerpoint

  • CPR & AED Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

CPR & AED Training Videos (paid):

  • CPR 2000 by Atlantic Training

  • CPR And AED: The Chain Of Survival by Coastal Training

  • Adult Child and Infant CPR and AED by Atlantic Training



Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

2.2% (rough approximation based on health care and social assistance industry) 2.2% Annual Injury Rate

Massage Therapist Safety Tips

Quick Tip

Massage helps improve circulation, strengthening the heart and keeping oxygen flowing throughout the body, benefiting multiple organs and systems of the body. For massage therapists who find themselves with sore muscles after a long day of massaging others, they should turn to one of their colleagues for a relaxing, beneficial massage of their own.

Massages are often thought of as a luxury, but in reality their benefits to overall psychological and physical health should make them a necessity for just about anyone trying to take better care of their body. At the same time, the therapists who provide this valuable service are often carting around heavy equipment and driving long distances to meet client demands, which can lead to unsafe situations and serious injuries. For massage therapists, there are just a few key ideas to keep in mind while spreading happiness and relaxation to make sure that they can continue working with complete peace of mind.

When working in a spa

  • Keep work areas clean and disinfected after each and every client.
  • Don’t let junk or clutter build up in walkways.
  • Especially keep all fire exits clear.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and know how to use it.
  • Have a specific evacuation plan ready and practice it regularly. Clients will look to you to know what to do.
  • Practice safe lifting techniques. Never attempt to lift more than you can handle, ask for help if something is too heavy.
  • Whether by yourself or with a co-worker, always lift from the legs and never the back.
  • Don’t come to work if you are sick. Being in such close proximity to clients will expose them to your germs if you are contagious.
  • Avoid falls from ladders if you are reaching for something up high. Never stand on the top of a ladder, and always choose on that is the appropriate size for the task.

When working in someone’s home

  • Be aware of the surroundings, take note of any household objects such as toys or junk that are blocking walkways and could be a hazard for tripping.
  • Pay attention to small children and animals that might be present.
  • Never surprise an animal in someone’s home, even if it is a friendly pet. Always approach them with caution.
  • Wear clothing that is comfortable for your work, but also appropriate for any situation.

Communicate with your co-workers and clients!

  • Ask for help if something is too heavy, or beyond your capability.
  • Always maintain professionalism, and have a clear set of boundaries with clients.
  • Treat all clients with respect, but don’t be afraid to exit a situation that is making you uncomfortable.
  • If you have any special conditions or allergies that might pose a threat to your health, make sure the people working with you are aware of exactly what to do to help you.

Always drive with caution

  • Obey all traffic laws and warning signs.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been inspected and has received any necessary maintenance.
  • Never speed to your final destination.

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