OSHA Issues Pamphlet on Safe Patient Handling

Nancy Leveille and Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

OSHA recently issued a new Safe Patient Handling brochure. The brochure emphasizes safe patient handling in nursing centers, but the techniques are relevant to other care-giving locations. It is important to note that long term care (including nursing centers and residential care) is included in the OSHA National Emphasis Program and a specific area of concern is Ergonomics: MSD Risk Factors Relating to Resident Handling. In addition, the NYS Legislature passed the Safe Patient Handling Act which goes into effect January 2015. This pamphlet provides a good basic overview and available resources for more in depth information.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20

Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15