The Impact of Safe Patient Handling Legislation in California

April 1, 2020  | Presented By:  Soo-Jeong Lee, MS, PhD, ANP

Webinar Details

In October 2011, California passed the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act (AB1136) to ensure safe patient handling and prevent musculoskeletal injuries among health care workers. Pursuant to this law, Cal/OSHA developed an enforceable workplace standard effective October 2014. This webinar will present research findings that evaluated the impact of the safe patient handling law and regulation by workers’ compensation data analysis, statewide nurse surveys, and focus group research.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe California’s safe patient handling law and regulation

  • Identify the positive impact of the safe patient handling law and regulation

  • Discuss continuing challenges in patient handling and work environment



Soo-Jeong Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Systems of School of Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. Her research interest focuses on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses and evaluation of occupational risk factors and work environment. She has been the principal investigator of federally funded research projects focusing on musculoskeletal disorders and safe work practices among healthcare workers and evaluation of the impact of California’s safe patient handling legislation.