Introduction to Safety for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

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Safety may seem like an intuitive thing, but as occupational therapists, one of our code of ethics is to do no harm. Learn about how to apply insights from evidence-informed research and my experiences to promote safety and prevent injury for yourself and others in practice.


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Target Audience

  • Occupational therapy students and occupational therapy assistant students.
  • New graduate occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Occupational therapy practitioners changing settings to adults and physical disabilities.
  • Any stakeholder, e.g., rehab manager who wants to promote safety in the workplace or set guidelines for practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain why safety is important.
  2. Identify common threats to safety.
  3. Apply the PEO model as a mnemonic to analyze each of the components of safety.
  4. Recognize potential safety hazard in the environment.
  5. Learn actionable steps to take to be a practitioner with health and wellness.
  6. Identify and use your strengths and weaknesses to your advantage.

Supporting Evidence-Based Research

Hu, X., Chen, H., & Yu, M. (2020). Exploring the non-technical competencies for on-scene public health responders in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear emergencies: a qualitative study. Public health, 183, 23-29.

Nguyen, J., Davis, K., Guglielmello, G., & Stawicki, S. P. (2019). Combating alarm fatigue: the quest for more accurate and safer clinical monitoring equipment. In Vignettes in Patient Safety-Volume 4. IntechOpen.

Passier, L., & McPhail, S. (2011). Work-related injuries amongst occupational therapists: a preliminary investigation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy74(3), 143-147.

Contact Hours

1 Hour — This course is not AOTA approved, but may be eligible for other CEUs (NBCOT, State License).

Instructional Methods

This is an independent self-study distance course delivered via pre-recorded video with included lecture slides to follow along and/or download locally.


Course registration is completed by one-click enrollment for OT Dude Club Members.

Special Needs Requests

If you need any accommodations for this course, please contact me and we will help to address your needs.

Cancellation Policy

If a course is canceled after enrollment, the user may be eligible for a full refund if they did complete it and earn any CEUs during their subscription.

Course Completion Requirements

Course enrolled must complete the course in its entirety, including watching the entire video and reviewing the lecture slides (if provided). Upon course completion, a certificate will be provided and available for download.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

Jeffrey Kou sells occupational therapy courses on the website, as well as creates healthcare-related content in the form of articles, videos, podcasts, and books that are self-published for ad revenue or through customer sales on various social media platforms, e-commerce websites, and my personal blog. I have no other disclosures to disclose at this time.

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