The Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) program© is designed to assist workers with identifying and managing/eliminating risks associated with client handling and moving general objects. TLR includes a thorough assessment process of self, environment/equipment and client/object. TLR is developed to assist licensees with meeting the minimum requirements of Saskatchewan’s occupational health and safety legislation related to safe patient handling and musculoskeletal injuries. For more information on our TLR programming or training sessions contact Irene Berns, Coordinator. For licensing information click here.

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TLR Core Committee Information

The Role of a TLR Core Committee

  • Problem-solve difficult issues related to the moving task (client or object).
  • Make recommendations to OHC's/OHS representative and the employer that aids in eliminating (or managing) incidents related to the moving task.
  • Promote and maintain two-way communication with the OHC.

To assist your TLR Core Committee you may wish to use this sample minute form as well as the sample terms of reference. Please feel free to customize these forms to meet your TLR Core Committee needs.

Questions regarding establishing and sustaining a TLR Core Committee can be sent to

TLR Core Committe Information Sheet  pdf

TLR Core Committe Sample Minutes Form

TLR Core Committe Terms of Reference

Safety Alerts

Safety Alert for Ceiling Lift - November 2013 pdf

Health Canada Alert #109 Re: Indidents Involving Patient Lifts pdf

Safe Patient Handling Useful Tools

Equipment Purchasing Guide & Checklist pdf

A special Thank-You to the following equipment vendors who so generously donated equipment for our training purposes: Prism Medical Ltd. & Waverley GlenShoppers Home Health Care, BHM

The following link is to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s document pertaining to falls. Page 4 of this document provides a procedure that could be used if you are the “witness” to someone who has fallen.

If you fall, or witness a fall: Do you know what to do? pdf

  • Keep in mind the TLR process of self-assessment, environmental assessment and client assessment.
  • If hands-on assistance is necessary, consider properly using a transfer belt for guiding and cueing the individual. As per the TLR program, a transfer belt is NOT intended for lifting.
  • Use good body mechanics. Communicate with the individual prior to, and throughout, the task.
  • If the assessment indicates that equipment is needed, TLR recommends a minimum of two workers for certain client moving techniques, including when using mechanical lifts.
  • Refer to your employer’s policy regarding TLR.

TLR® Program Evaluation

The purpose of this evaluation was to gather input, from SASWH members and other organizations that have implemented the TLR® program, to assist with determining amendments needed to the program content. The method for gathering input included provision for every level of worker to complete an evaluation form. Click here for the Full Report.

For additional program information or questions about training sessions or resources contact Irene Berns, Coordinator.