Employee health issues are a primary concern for hospital employers. From infection control to ergonomics, hospitals strive to provide a safe work environment in the context of providing excellent patient care. In the event of a work related injury, hospitals comply with California’s complex workers’ compensation laws. Because various state and federal agencies regulate employee health and safety issues in the health care workplace, it is critical to ensure the employee health and workers’ compensation teams have accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has posted the proposed safe patient handling regulations on its website. The formal regulatory process will begin when the proposed regulations are posted in the Office of Administrative Law regulatory notice register on Aug. 2, with the public comment period open through Sept. 19. Comments may be submitted either in writing or in person at the Sept. 19 Cal/OSHA Standards Board meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. in Room 1 of the Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street in Oakland. The proposed regulations and associated documents are attached.
CHA is currently reviewing the proposed regulations. An initial review indicates they are substantially similar to the Cal/OSHA Discussion Draft dated Sept. 28, 2012. CHA will reconvene its Safe Patient Handling Workgroup over the next several weeks to develop written comments. The workgroup is always accepting members interested in participating.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its guidance on H1N1 in the health care setting, “CDC H1N1 Flu | Interim Guidance on Infection Control Measures for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Healthcare Settings, Including Protection of Healthcare Personnel.”