Patient Handling


Nurses holding signs "Safe Lifgt Now" and "I'm a Patient Advocate"

RNs Hail New State Rules for Safe Patient Lifting

The California Nurses Association today enthusiastically welcomed new state regulations by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to assure improved safety for patients, registered nurses, and other staff in lifting and other handling of hospitalized patients.

California Nurses Association
August 26, 2014


At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses' Injuries

As NPR has reported in our investigative series Injured Nurses, nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other injuries than almost any other occupation — and they get those injuries mainly from doing the everyday tasks of lifting and moving patients.

Daniel Zwerdling, NPR
February 26, 2015


Emergency room sign

OSHA's New Severe Injury Reporting Requirement: One Year In

Last week, OSHA published a report on severe injuries reported in 2015. A new recordkeeping requirement went into effect January 1, 2015, requiring employers to report all work-related amputations and injuries requiring hospitalization to federal OSHA within 24 hours. This was in addition to the long-standing requirement to report all work-related fatalities to OSHA within 8 hours.

National Nurses United