Learning Center

The ASPHP wants to provide you with helpful information that will assist you in planning and instituting the daily practice of safe patient handling. If you are an Association member, you will find additional information in the Member Learning Center.

OSHA / NIOSH Training

Journey towards a National Coding Standard for Patient Handling Injuries
The webinar provides insight into the journey and development of a national standard for Patient Handling Injury coding. The standardized coding once implemented universally, will provide a mechanism to measure and benchmark injuries and fully support further prevention and research.

Recorded Link: Here is the link to the draft recording-
https://niosh-connect.adobeconnect.com/p1ft3f75kuc/
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Speakers
Vicki Missar, MS, CPE, CSPHP, CHSP, SSBB,
Associate Director, AON

Vicki is a thought leader who provides solutions for over 800 Aon Health Care clients across the United States. This includes developing strategies that address the total cost of risk and clinical integration of casualty, medical malpractice, and general liability programs. Vicki is on the board of directors for the Association of Safe Patient Handling where she supports members and develops outreach programs, best practices and certification standards. As a board certified ergonomist, Vicki integrates biomechanics and muscle movement patterns into programs. Vicki has developed Aon’s Ageonomics ™ practice that creates integrated solutions for aging health care workers. Vicki is a guest lecturer for the Harvard School of Public Health’s Integrated Health, Safety and Wellness course that teaches students about the merits of integrating these traditionally siloed programs for improved workforce population health.

Candy Raphan, RN, BSN, ARNP, MOAM

Regional Vice President, Client Services, Broadspire

Candy brings a varied background of clinical, managed care and health industry related experience. She is a Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in family practice, Candy holds a bachelor’s degree and advanced practice certificates in nursing from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. As a VP for Client Services, she leverages her clinical background to supports innovative clinical programs and develops strategies that address the total cost of risk for causality and non-occupational disability programs. Candy is also a board member of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals and a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Therapy Dog International.

On June 8, 2016 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and OSHA issued a joint letter to introduce a series of 7 training modules they have developed and are making available to assist homecare agencies and their trainers. The seven modules include:

· Introduction to Homecare Health and Safety
· Reducing Strains, Sprains and Falls
· Reducing Risk from Environmental Exposures
· Reducing Exposure to Bloodborne and Other Infectious Diseases
· Staying Safe When Working With Clients With Dementia
· Setting Healthy and Safe Boundaries to Reduce Stress; and
· Safely Handling Threatening Behavior When Providing Homecare.

We have highlighted the second module that addresses safe patient handling and mobility. For more information, go to the following link
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-102/module2.html
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Links

Whitepaper- Safe Patient Handling Equipment in Therapy Practice: Implications for Rehabilitation

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MUST READ FOR PT/OT- an excellent study of the benefits of using your SPHM Equipment to increase treatment options and impact outcomes.

Ceiling Lifts for Bariatrics
Ceiling lifts have gained in popularity due to some of the implementation issues which arise with the use of portable base patient lifts….
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OSHA Safe Patient Handling Web Page

OSHA has a very extensive set of tools and resources on this page entitled Worker Safety and Health in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers. Please visit it at the following link.

https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/patient_handling.html

FDA Patient Lift Website

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ASSE
The American Society of Safety Engineers, Healthcare Practice Specialty Group
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NIOSH
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has established a new Safe Patient Handling page.
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AOHP
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, is dedicated to the health and safety of healthcare workers. AOHP is the only national professional organization with the exclusive mission of addressing the needs and concerns of occupational health professionals in healthcare settings.
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United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Safe Patient Handling and Movement – VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, Tampa

Key Objective: To develop and test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement. An outstanding resource. The algorithms for safe patient handling and movement are particularly useful.
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Safe Lifting Portal
This pro-bono healthcare site is designed to support safe lifting and caregiver injury prevention programs.
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Safe Lifting News
Monthly newsletter designed to keep you informed about what’s happening in the world of safe patient lifting and caregiver injury prevention.
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National Patient Safety Agency
The National Patient Safety Agency leads and contributes to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing the health sector.
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Backcare
BackCare is a national charity that aims to reduce the impact of back pain on society by providing information, support, promoting good practice and funding research.
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The National Back Exchange
National Back Exchange is a multidisciplinary group for those with an interest in backcare and prevention of work related musculoskeletal problems.
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Health and Safety Executive
Manual handling – frequently asked questions. Links to sources of guidance, research, and information on Musculoskeletal disorders in the health and social care services sector, plus links to other health sector related MSD guidance and research.
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Legislation.gov.uk
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
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Manual handling training
Investigation of current practices and development of guidelines Prepared by the Work and Health Research Centre for the Health and Safety Executive 2007
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Risk assessment and process planning for bariatric patient handling pathways
Prepared by Loughborough University for the Health and Safety Executive 2007
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MovingAndHandlingInstructors.co.uk
A great source of safe patient handling information from the UK.
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Moving and Handling Newsletter
Includes a variety of SPH topics from around the world. Free subscription available
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Ergonomics in Healthcare
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Ergonomic Risk Assessment Tools (AIHA Ergonomics Toolkit)
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Analysis Tools for Ergonomists (Thomas E. Bernard)
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Archived Webinar

Almost “LIVE” from 2017 SPHM Conference
Presented by: Susan Gallagher PhD RN
Recorded on April 19, 2017

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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SPHM: A Professional Journey, Personal Experiences
Presented by Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP, FAIHA
Recorded on March 22, 2017

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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How to Maximize the Partnership Between SPHM Coordinators and Equipment Manufacturers
Presented by Patricia Wawzyniecki, MS, CSPHP
Recorded on January 11, 2017

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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Aon Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer
Presented by Virginia Jones, FCAS, MAAA
Recorded on February 8, 2017

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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How to Maximize the Partnership Between SPHM Coordinators and Equipment Manufacturers
Presented by Patricia Wawzyniecki, MS, CSPHP
Recorded on January 11, 2017

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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Next Steps for Mature SPHM Programs
Presented by: Susan Gallagher, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, CBN, HCRM, CSPHP and Ed Hall
Recorded on December 14, 2016

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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Building a SPH Business Case for Leadership Support and Funding November 9, 2016 2 PM Eastern
Presented by: Dan Roberts, RN, MBA
Recorded on Nov 9, 2016

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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A conceptual impact model addressing potential outcomes gained through adoption of SPHM practices
Presented by: Brad Dugan PT, CSPHP
Recorded on Oct 12, 2016

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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Smarter Approach to Sustainability
Presented by: Tongela Miller, Ashley Locklear and Jordon Zirlott
Recorded on Sep 14, 2016

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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Integrating Worker Safety into Health Care Quality Improvement
Presented by: Dr. Jack Dennerlein
Recorded on Aug 10, 2016

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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Advancing Mobility Across the Continuum of Care: The NWI Journey
Presented by: Ronda Fritz, RN, BSN, MA
Recorded on Jul 13, 2016

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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New SPHM App and Algorithms from VHA
Presented by Marie Martin, PhD and Kurk A. Rogers, RN, BSN, CNOR, MBA (CDR, NC, USN [RET])
Recorded on Jun 8, 2016

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

For more information:
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Case Studies

April 2016
Whitepaper on Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Claims Coding: A Pragmatic and Functional Approach
Authors: Vicki J. Missar, Michael Fray, Mary Matz, Candy Raphan, Wendy Weaver

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Public Citizen Report The Healthcare Industry’s Castoffs

This report is the first in a 5-part series discussing the problem of injuries to healthcare workers arising from the physical demands of their jobs. These demands arise primarily from patient handling. The experiences of 6 different nurses are presented.

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Safe Patient Handling in New York: Short Term Costs Yield Long Term Results

This report presents success stories both in New York State and elsewhere, including those associated with the NY Demonstration Project that has been in place for a number of years.

Read SPH in NY, May 2011

Transforming a Hospital Safety and Ergonomics Program: A Four year Journey of Change
Vicki J. Missar, Don Metcalfe and Gail Gilmore

This paper discusses successful patient handling, safety management, process optimization and culture changes in core elements of a health care safety program.

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Colin Brigham reflects on a personal experience.
My Mother’s Story
Note: Additional Case Studies may be found in the Members Learning Center.

Tools and Tips

April 2016
Healthcare Recipient Sling and Lift Hanger Bar Compatibility Guidelines

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2016 Health Care Workers’ Compensation Barometer Report
The third edition of Aon’s biennial Health Care Workers’ Compensation Barometer report, which explores trends in frequency, severity and overall loss rates related to workers’ compensation in the health care industry. The report finds that for the 2017 accident year, health care systems will face a complex environment of emerging risks that will have a direct impact on workers’ compensation.

Click here to visit the website to learn more and download the report.

On June 8, 2016 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and OSHA issued a joint letter (click here) to introduce a series of 7 training modules they have developed and are making available to assist homecare agencies and their trainers. The seven modules include:

· Introduction to Homecare Health and Safety
· Reducing Strains, Sprains and Falls
· Reducing Risk from Environmental Exposures
· Reducing Exposure to Bloodborne and Other Infectious Diseases
· Staying Safe When Working With Clients With Dementia
· Setting Healthy and Safe Boundaries to Reduce Stress; and
· Safely Handling Threatening Behavior When Providing Homecare.

We have highlighted the second module that addresses safe patient handling and mobility. For more information, go to the following link
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2015-102/module2.html
Download PDF

Editorial by Guy Fragala

Guy Fragala wrote this Editorial to assist in getting a consistent message to senior leadership about the importance of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility programs and to begin the task of gaining support from them. If you feel that it will be to your benefit, please feel free to reprint for use.

Read Investing in Prevention

Proud to be Certified

CSPHA, Hollie Lepage-Dexter, developed a poster for a local SPHM conference that proudly says it all for us! Please take a look.

See Hollie’s Poster

Caution, Patient Sign
Safe patient handling protects both the caregiver and the receiver of that care. This sign is a somewhat humorous way of linking a slogan commonly used for packages to patients, a human package that also must be handled with care. The ASPHP website is shown as a resource that may be used to obtain more information. Feel free to use this sign in your facilities, reminding your staff to use safe patient handling practices.

Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP, Board Member – ASPHP

Note: Additional information From Your Peers may be found in the Members Learning Center.

Legislative Updates

What you need to know about current and pending regulation

A Theme Song for SPHM
One of our ASPHP Board Members has written some lyrics for a theme song for safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM), comparing the current conditions for healthcare workers to the plight of the coal workers in the 1940s. To read the lyrics and his commentary Click Here.

New York State SPHM Requirements Effective January, 1, 2017
New York state passed a funding bill on March 31, 2014 that addressed a number of healthcare related issues, including passing a Safe Patient Handling Act. The act requires hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic treatment centers, treatment clinics and others listed to establish safe patient handling committees by January 1, 2016. The composition, purpose and duties of the committee are detailed in the act. The act also requires each covered facility to develop a policy by January 1, 2017. Details regarding this act are available in the documents below.

NYS Section 20 Article 29D Safe Patient Handling 03312014
NYS SPH Act 03312014
SPH Summary AFLCIO 04032014

The New York State Department of Health Safe Patient Handling Work Group Report on Safe Patient Handling best practices and resources has been released. Click below to read the document.

NYS DOH SPH Work Group Report

Two states have recent SPHM legislative activity. In Florida FL-H-77/FL-S-486, Patient Lifting and Handling Practices died in committee on 3/11/2016. In Massachusetts MA-H-4039, Health Facility Safe Patient Handling (a new draft of MA-H-1914/MA-S-1124), was sent to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on 2/29/2016. For more detail click on the links below.

FLORIDA 03-15-2016

MASSACHUSETTS 03-7-2016

The New York State Department of Health Safe Patient Handling Work Group Report on Safe Patient Handling best practices and resources has been released. Click below to read the document.

NYS DOH SPH Work Group Report

FL H 77/FL S 486, Patient Lifting and Handling Practices

The subject set of bills continue to move through the Florida legislature. They would require hospitals to establish a policy concerning safe handling of patients, establishing a committee to do so. On 1/12/2016 it was referred to House Health and Human Services. Learn more at this link.
FLORIDA legislative update

Nurses and Healthcare Worker Protection Act of 2015

It’s back! This is the 3rd iteration (Will the third time be the charm?) of the subject bill, first introduced in 2009 and re-introduced in 2013. Since its initial introduction more states have adopted and/or strengthened SPHM standards. There has been a groundswell of support for this legislation in the past few years, but getting our US legislature to agree on anything and solve problems has seemed to be a major problem in recent years.

The ASPHP continues to support the need for federal SPHM legislation. Click documents below to read and learn.

Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2015
Executive Summary of Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2015
One Page Notice

The document below provides a summary of enacted standards, regulations or other directives at the state level in the United States as of February 22, 2015
Review Legislation Update

There are some changes taking place in the UK to improve minimum standards for Health Care Assistants working in health and social care. These changes are to be implemented and resulted from the Francis Report and then the Cavendish Review.

Read CareCertificate Framework
Read Cavendish Review

Following recruitment all Health Care Assistants (HCAs) will need to attain the Health Care Certificate within a period of 12 weeks. Schemes are currently being piloted to see how this will be managed, who will assess them, it will create a significant amount of work immediately following recruitment and does not lead to a formal qualification.

Compliance will also be monitored by the CQC (Care Quality Commission). There is not a standard specifically for safe patient handling but is does get encompassed within Standard 13 Health & Safety.

Cal/OSHA AB 1136, Healthcare Worker Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Regulations

The subject regulations, which have gone through the comment period and public hearing process, were passed on June 19, 2014. They and other support materials are available at the following link: http://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/safe_patient_handling.html. The ASPHP board and general members have been heavily involved in the coment and review process, offering a significant number of suggestions and being involved in discussions. We are happy to see that there are meaningful efforts being made to address the patient handling exposure, seeking to reduce harm to both care providers and care recipients.

On April 16, 2014 Cal/OSHA issued modifications and response to the 45-day comment period to their Title 8, New Section of the General Industry Safety Orders Safe Patient Handling Standard suggested language. That document may be found below. Selected comments by the ASPHP and their responses appear on pages 23-24. While a number of other comments were made by the ASPHP they were not replied to individually.

Modifications and Response to Comments

New York state passed a funding bill on March 31, 2014 that addressed a number of healthcare related issues, including passing a Safe Patient Handling Act. The act requires hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic treatment centers, treatment clinics and others listed to establish safe patient handling committees by January 1, 2016. The composition, purpose and duties of the committee are detailed in the act. The act also requires each covered facility to develop a policy by January 1, 2017. Details regarding this act are available in the documents below.

NYS Section 20 Article 29D Safe Patient Handling 03312014
NYS SPH Act 03312014
SPH Summary AFLCIO 04032014

The document below provides a summary of recent safe patient handling and mobility legislative activity at the state level as of December 5, 2013.

SPHM State Update 12042013

On July 31, 2013 the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) of the State of California posted the following documents relative to their Title 8, General Industry Safety Orders, Title 8, Division 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 106, New Section 5120 Safe Patient Handling:
  • Notice/Information Digest
  • Proposed Regulation
  • Initial Statement of Reasons

These documents, available at the link below, are offered for public review and comment for the period from August 2, 2013 – September 19, 2013. Written comments must be submitted so that they are received no later than September 13, 2013. The official record of the rulemaking proceedings will be closed at the conclusion of the public hearing on September 19, 2013.

These efforts were made pursuant to the enactment of the State of California AB 1136, the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Protection Act in 2011. The Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) has been and will continue to be involved in offering comments regarding these proposed regulations, helping to satisfy the mission of the Association, namely “To improve the safety of caregivers and their patients by advancing the science and practice of safe patient handling.”

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H.R. 2480 Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013

The subject bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 25, 2013 co-sponsored by Congressman John Conyers from Michigan and Congressman George Miller from California. The ASPHP will review and be offering comments regarding the bill.

Read Bill Here

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) signed an interagency agreement in August of 2012. They agreed to work together on the following three projects:
  1. Developing a Healthcare Injury and Illness Fact Book;
  2. Implementing safety and health management systems in hospitals; and
  3. Implementing safe patient handling/lifting programs in hospitals.

The goals in addressing the need to implement safe patient handling (SPH) programs are to offer guidance to include:

  1. Explanation of SPH principles & practices;
  2. Discussion of linkage between worker and patient safety;
  3. Roadmap to implementing SPH programs in hospitals;
  4. Emphasis on barriers to implementation and how to overcome them;
  5. Case studies of success stories and missteps from VPP hospitals and other facilities (real world worker and patient safety data) ; and
  6. Tools and other implementation resources.

Read here for more details

With federal and state elections having been completed recently, prior year bills making their way through the legislative process will frequently be eliminated at the end of the legislative session. Two states introducing new bills addressing safe patient handling are Masssachusetts and New York. To learn more about their status, please see below.

Read About Massachusetts
Read About New York

Pending Legislation
There continues to be legislative activity at the state level in the United States addressing safe patient handling (SPH). Illinois had IL S 680, Nursing Home Care Act sent to the Governor for signing on June 14, 2012. It amends the act to include a number of specific requirements regarding SPH. Massachusetts had MA H 1484, Safe Patient Handling Policy, passed from the first committee to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on June 14, 2012. The Bill provides that certain health facilities be directed to establish a safe patient handling program. New York introduced NY A 10715, Safe Patient Handling Act, on June 16, 2012 that requires the establishment a SPH policy for healthcare facilities. Mississippi enacted an urging resolution, MS HR 25, urging Mississippi’s business and industries to help protect the health, well-being, and investment made in the state’s workforce by implementing ergonomic practices and programs proven to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. To learn more about any of the actions, click on the appropriate links.

Read State of Illinois
Read State of Massachusetts
Read State of Mississippi
Read State of New York

Deborah Gold, Deputy Chief for Health and Technical Services at Cal/OSHA, will be making a presentation regarding the development of additional language regarding Cal/OSHA AB 1136 at the ASPHP Regional Networking Event in Oakland, CA on November 12, 2012. Suzy Harrington, Director of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Center for Health, Safety and Wellness will also be there making a presentation regarding the ANA-led working group that is in the process of developing SPH standards. This event and the related activities are also discussed elsewhere on our website.

ISO Technical Report Comments

ISO has published the technical report ISO/TR 1226:2012, “Ergonomics – Manual Handling of People in the Healthcare Sector.” It is available through ANSI at the following link http://webstore.ansi.org. The document is a technical report, not an ISO international standard. This publication was offered as a draft technical report on October 25, 2011. A group of ASPHP Board members reviewed the draft report and provided comments that may be viewed below:

Read ASPHP Comments

ArjoHuntleigh has published an edited summary report which is provided as the attached document.

Read Report Here

Moving and Handling People: The New Zealand Guidelines

The first version of the New Zealand Patient Handling Guidelines was published in 2003. Since then there have been numerous developments in moving and handling across the world. There are 14 sections in the Guidelines that cover five general topics relevant to moving and handling programmes:

Part A: Introduction (Sections 1-2)
Part B: Core skills and competencies (Sections 3-6)
Part C: Physical resources (Sections 7-9)
Part D: Organisational systems for moving and handling (Sections 10-13)
Part E: Emerging toics in moving and handling people (Section 14)

Each section has been written so it can be read independently of the other sections. For that reason, there is a small amount of overlap between some sections. In New Zealand Healthcare, the Health and Safety Employment Act (1992) states that it is the responsibility of both employers and employees to ensure workplaces provide a safe work environment through hazard identification and controls.

Access Guideline

April 2012 Legislative Update

1.Nursing and Residential Care Facilities OSHA National Emphasis Program, Directive Number CPL 03-00-016, Effective Date April 5, 2012. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a new National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities to protect workers from serious safety and health hazards that are common in medical industries. OSHA develops national emphasis programs to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in an industry for a three-year period. Through this NEP, OSHA will target nursing homes and residential care facilities in an effort to reduce occupational illnesses and injuries.

In 2010, according to the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing and residential care facilities experienced one of the highest rates of lost workdays due to injuries and illnesses of all major American industries. The incidence rate for cases involving days away from work in the nursing and residential care sector was 2.3 times higher than that of all private industry as a whole, despite the availability of feasible controls to address hazards. The data further indicate that an overwhelming proportion of the injuries within this sector were attributed to overexertion as well as to slips, trips and falls. Taken together, these two categories accounted for 62.5 percent of cases involving days away from work within this industry in 2010. For this NEP, OSHA will target facilities with a days-away-from-work rate of 10 or higher per 100 full-time workers.

“These are people who have dedicated their lives to caring for our loved ones when they are not well. It is not acceptable that they continue to get hurt at such high rates,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Our new emphasis program for inspecting these facilities will strengthen protections for society’s caretakers.”

Health care workers face numerous serious safety and health hazards, and the NEP will provide guidance to OSHA compliance staff on the policies and procedures for targeting and conducting inspections specifically focused on the hazards associated with nursing and residential care. These hazards include exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material; exposure to other communicable diseases such as tuberculosis; ergonomic stressors related to lifting patients; workplace violence; and slips, trips and falls. Workers also may be exposed to hazardous chemicals and drugs. OSHA Compliance Directive

2. Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, Amendment 1. Passed the Senate on 3/28/2012, passed the House on 3/29/2012. Amends the Nursing Home Care Act; provides, in provisions concerning a facility’s safe patient handling policy, for the addition of definitions; requires training of nurses and other direct care providers on safe lifting policies and techniques and current lifting equipment; requires that a facility’s policy includes a process for fostering and maintaining resident safety, dignity, self-determination and choice; provides that safe lifting teams must receive certain specialized, in depth training. Click Here for Details

Cal/OSHA AB 1136, Safe Patient Handling Comments – May 14, 2012

ASPHP submitted additional comments regarding AB 1136

Read ASPHP Comments Here

Cal/OSHA AB 1136, Safe Patient Handling Stakeholders Meeting – March 29, 2012

A second advisory meeting to discuss AB 1136 was held on March 29, 2012. The ASPHP submitted comments for discussion.

Read ASPHP Statement Here

Cal/OSHA AB 1136, Safe Patient Handling Stakeholders Meeting – January 24, 2012

On January 24, 2012 Cal/OSHA held an advisory meeting to discuss AB 1136, Safe Patient Handling legislation that became effective on January 1, 2012. This legislation is now incorporated into the California Labor Code as Section 6403.5 and regulated as part of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) requirements. The meeting was considered a pre-regulation meeting. Cal/OSHA is looking for content from stakeholders to help with clarification of the language to include definitions, processes, training, policies, etc. associated with safe patient handling (SPH) programs. A second stakeholders meeting is planned for late March or Early April.

Linked in this section are documents that were made available at that meeting. Also linked is a position statement that the ASPHP offered in support of this legislation. We stand ready to provide support to Cal/OSHA, helping to meet our mission, “to improve the safety of caregivers and their patients by advancing the science and practice of safe patient handling”.

Cal/OSHA AB 1136 SPH FAQ

Cal/OSHA AB 1136 Implementation Policy

Cal/OSHA AB 1136 SPH Proposed Standard

ASPHP Statement Cal OSHA January 2012

Snapshot of Enacted Safe Patient Handling Legislation

Enacted US SPH Legislation February 2012

OSHA November 9, 2011 Statement Regarding a New National Emphasis Program for Nursing Home Facilities

OSHA Released this statement in response to a 6% increase in the incidence rate in non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses for healthcare workers. The rate of MSD cases with days away from work for nursing aides, orderlies, and assistants increased 10%. Read Here

2012

Missouri 19 CSR 30-20.097 Safe Patient Handling and Movement in Hospitals

RNs Praise Signing of Landmark Lift Bill to Protect Patients, Nurses
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today praised the decision by California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign an important workplace safety bill to protect registered nurses and other healthcare employees from disabling injuries and safeguard patients from preventable falls… Read More

The ASPHP Acknowledges