The Cal/OSHA Safe Patient Handling Regulation
Health Care Worker Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Law


Safe patient handling has been a focus of the health care community for nearly a decade. On June 19, 2014, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board adopted the much-anticipated Safe Patient Handling regulation. The regulation becomes effective on Oct. 1, 2014.

This guidebook explains the requirements of the Safe Patient Handling regulation, the elements of a back and musculoskeletal injury prevention plan, how to implement a plan in your facility, and what to expect regarding enforcement. The guidebook also provides resources helpful to compliance.

The Cal/OSHA Safe Patient Handling Regulation guidebook is intended to help hospital management understand the requirements of the law and implement it. It is written specifically for California’s hospital human resources executives, employee relations managers, chief operating officers, chief nursing officers, legal counsel, risk managers and department directors.                         

(First Edition, August 2014)


  • Who Must Comply With This Law?
  • Definitions
  • Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Plan
  • Lift Teams/Designated Health Care Workers
  • Training Requirements
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Anti-Retaliation Protections
  • Reporting Occupational Injuries
  • State Agency Enforcement
  • Common Deficiencies
  • Resources
  • Checklist: How to Get Started
  • Forms and Appendixes include documentation forms for training and investigation, as well as the new Cal/OSHA regulations and California safe patient handling statutes


Order the guidebook and the Cal/OSHA’s New Safe Patient Handling Regulation Webinar CD together to save and benefit from both of these helpful resources.

Printed Manual Only — $48 (Member rate)
Manual and Webinar CD — $195 (Member rate)

Printed Manual Only — $95 (Non-member rate)
Manual and Webinar CD — $285 (Non-member rate)

Webinar CD

Cal/OSHA’s New Safe Patient Handling Regulation Webinar

Webinar Recorded Live August 5, 2014


This webinar provides participants with the opportunity to hear Cal/OSHA leadership explain which departments are impacted, the elements of a safe patient handling plan and what can be expected with regard to regulatory enforcement. A hospital representative shares the implementation strategies and resources needed to comply.


Gail Blanchard-Saiger is vice president of Labor and Employment for the California Hospital Association. 

Grace Delizo is a certified industrial hygienist and senior safety engineer for Cal/OSHA’s Research and Standards Health Unit.

Rachel Toro is the director of Workers’ Compensation and Risk Operations for Dignity Health.

Christina Squires, MSN, RN, PHN, is a clinical nurse educator for Dignity Health’s Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.