Core Provisions: This legislation directs the Secretary of Labor to issue occupational safety and health standards on safe patient handling and injury prevention to prevent musculoskeletal disorders for health care workers handling patients in health care facilities. Health care employers would be required to purchase safe lift mechanical devices and use them where feasible to eliminate manual lifting of patients by health care workers. Under the bill, health care workers can refuse assignments that would subject them to conditions in violation of the safe patient handling and injury prevention standard. The legislation includes recordkeeping and notice requirements and whistleblower protection for health care workers. It also allows for unscheduled inspections by OSHA to ensure compliance with the standard.
Status: H.R. 2381 was introduced by Rep. Conyers (D-MI) on May 13, 2009 and referred to the Committees on Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce; and Ways and Means.