Creating and Maintaining a Safe and Clean Environment

This session is designed as an entry-level course for paraprofessionals to learn about the basic safety measures and maintaining a clean environment. This course will present information on safety measures, emergency situations, and good body mechanics. Additionally, several skills that are necessary to maintain a safe and clean environment are presented.

This course is part of the Home Health Aide/Nursing Assistant Training library designed for agency or education institution use as an educational aid and resource in conjunction with hands-on instruction in a lab and or clinical setting supervised by a nurse educator. The agency or education institution is responsible for ensuring the learner has attained the knowledge and care skills, according to their state's requirements, before providing care to a client.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Describe appropriate safety measures for patients in various health care settings
  • Identify safety hazards
  • List patients who may be at risk of injury
  • Recognize how to complete a home safety check
  • State when to contact a supervisor about safety concerns
  • Identify immediate action to take in an emergency in various health care settings
  • Recognize situations which require emergency action
  • List action to take for various emergency situations
  • Demonstrate skill to clear obstructed airway on a conscious patient
  • Recognize action to take for various emergency situations that may not occur on a regular basis
  • Identify appropriate action to take to avoid weather-related emergencies
  • List action to take in the event of a weather-related emergency
  • Identify preventive steps to take to avoid fires
  • Recognize appropriate action to take in the event of a fire
  • Define good body mechanics
  • Identify principles of good body mechanics
  • State the importance of good body mechanics
  • Identify five ways to reduce the risk of a car accident
  • List ways to prevent personal injury
  • Demonstrate skill for environmental order
  • Demonstrate skill for unoccupied bed
  • Demonstrate skill for transfer belt placement
  • Demonstrate skill for waist restraint application
Contact Time

3 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 3 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Home Health