SPH Policy, SPH Plan, and Staff Requirements

Did you know: Assisting patients to move or position without proper training and use of equipment has a high risk of injury and that these injuries can be career ending.  In October 2014, Cal-OSHA passed regulations that all manual assisting of patients had to be replaced by the use of equipment (except in emergency situation) to help protect staff and patients.

Staff Requirements and Expectations:  All UCSF Staff and Vendors are expected to comply with UCSF Safe Patient Handling Policy.  This Policy is to help protect staff, vendors, and patients from injuries associated with the high risk activity of assisting patients.   You have the right and responsibility to notify your manager of any safety concerns and complete and incident report (even if there was no harm caused from the concern/issue).

Unit/Department SPH Plan Form

UCSF Health requires that all units and departments that provide direct patient care have a Unit Specific SPH Plan.  The SPH Plan for each unit and department has been updated to a new webform.  Please make sure that you print the webform PRIOR to submitting the document per the instructions at the bottom of the form.  

There is one form for all UCSF Health (inpatient units, anciallary departments, and clinics).  This form was updated based on feedback and review of SPH hazards.

Video Tutorial on How to Complete Your SPH Plan:

Cal-OSHA Safe Patient Handling Regulation




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