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This section highlights OSHA standards in nursing and residential care facilities. It also offers information regarding specific state legislation on safe patient handling.

Frequently Cited Standards

OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) use NAICS code 623110 in the NAICS search box.

State Legislation
A-1136 safe patient handling legislation signed into law October 2011.
SB 879 safe patient handling legislation signed into law April 2007.
HB 712.2 safe patient handling legislation signed into law May 2007.
S-1758/A-3028 safe patient handling practice act signed into law January 2008.

New York

Companion bills A11484 and A07836/S05116 and S08358 signed into law on October 18, 2005.
House Bill 67 was signed into law on March 21, 2006, Section 4121.48.
House 7386 and Senate 2760 passed on July 7, 2006.
Senate Bill 1525 was signed into law on June 17, 2005.
House Bill 1672 was signed into law on March 22, 2006.

General Duty Clause

The General Duty Clause of the OSH Act (the law that created OSHA) requires employers to provide workers with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury.

State Standards

There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

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