The Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act (AB 1136) became effective on January 1, 2012. This law, which has been incorporated into the California Labor Code as Section 6403.5 requires general acute care hospitals to adopt a safe patient handling policy as part of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
The purpose of the UCLA Health Safe Patient Handling and Movement Plan is to ensure a proactive patient handling program that focuses on the safety and well-being of all UCLA Health patients, staff, and volunteers through promoting safe work practices and ensuring that appropriate lifting practices are used in all patient handling situations
Safe Patient Handling (SPH) practices are sustained by Unit Lift Champions and staff members from every patient care area. Lift Champions have attended special extensive training and help formulate solutions to promote a SPH culture at UCLA Health. For information on becoming a SPH Unit Lift Champion or to learn more about the SPH Program, please contact:
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