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SF 594

1st Unofficial Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 12/26/2012 11:17pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to occupational safety and health; requiring safe patient handling plans
1.3in clinical settings; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 182.6551;
1.4182.6552, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
1.5Statutes, chapter 182.
1.6BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.7    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 182.6551, is amended to read:
1.8182.6551 CITATION; SAFE PATIENT HANDLING ACT.
1.9    Sections 182.6551 to 182.6553 182.6554 may be cited as the "Safe Patient Handling
1.10Act."

1.11    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 182.6552, is amended by adding a subdivision
1.12to read:
1.13    Subd. 5. Clinical settings that move patients. "Clinical settings that move
1.14patients" means physician, dental, and other outpatient care facilities, except for outpatient
1.15surgical settings, where service requires movement of patients from point to point as part
1.16of the scope of service.

1.17    Sec. 3. [182.6554] SAFE PATIENT HANDLING IN CLINICAL SETTINGS.
1.18    Subdivision 1. Safe patient handling plan required. (a) By July 1, 2010, every
1.19clinical setting that moves patients in the state shall develop a written safe patient handling
1.20plan to achieve by January 1, 2012, the goal of ensuring the safe handling of patients by
1.21minimizing manual lifting of patients by direct patient care workers and by utilizing
1.22safe patient handling equipment.
2.1    (b) The plan shall address:
2.2    (1) assessment of risks with regard to patient handling that considers the patient
2.3population and environment of care;
2.4    (2) the acquisition of an adequate supply of appropriate safe patient handling
2.5equipment;
2.6    (3) initial and ongoing training of direct patient care workers on the use of this
2.7equipment;
2.8    (4) procedures to ensure that physical plant modifications and major construction
2.9projects are consistent with plan goals; and
2.10    (5) periodic evaluations of the safe patient handling plan.
2.11(c) A health care organization with more than one covered clinical setting that
2.12moves patients may establish a plan at each clinical setting or establish one plan to serve
2.13this function for all the clinical settings.
2.14    Subd. 2. Facilities with existing programs. A clinical setting that moves patients
2.15that has already adopted a safe patient handling plan that satisfies the requirements of
2.16subdivision 1, or a clinical setting that moves patients that is covered by a safe patient
2.17handling plan that is covered under and consistent with section 182.6553, is considered
2.18to be in compliance with the requirements of this section.
2.19    Subd. 3. Training materials. The commissioner shall make training materials on
2.20implementation of this section available at no cost to all clinical settings that move patients
2.21as part of the training and education duties of the commissioner under section 182.673.
2.22    Subd. 4. Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by the commissioner under
2.23section 182.661. The initial serious violation of this section is subject to a citation under
2.24section 182.66 without a penalty. A subsequent violation of this section is subject to the
2.25penalties provided under section 182.666.