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College class visits Barrier Free Access for training in safe patient handling

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 15, 2017 — Sixteen students from the University of Minnesota-Duluth had a unique opportunity to try out safe patient handling equipment at Barrier Free Access' design and training center on Feb. 15.

Katie Schofield, Ph.D.Katie Schofield, Ph.D., assistant professor at UMD and former SFM loss prevention representative, brought students from the Masters of Environmental Health and Safety program to BFA's New Brighton, Minnesota, location for a special hands-on training session.

"It is so vital for students to understand engineering controls for healthcare before they enter the safety field. The real-life experience at BFA will create a lasting memory. Just think of the ripple effect this can have on employee safety as they take the knowledge with them into their careers," Schofield said.

Members of SFM's Loss Prevention team spoke about safety challenges in healthcare facilities and the importance of safe patient handling equipment for reducing risks.

The class spent most of the two-hour session participating in hands-on demonstrations of some of the solutions BFA offers, from low-tech transfer aids to high-tech overhead lifts.

Barrier Free Access, an SFM company, is a provider of safe patient handling products, design consultation and training to medical facilities throughout the Upper Midwest.

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