H.R.2480 - Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13] (Introduced 06/25/2013)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce; Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 07/23/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2480 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/25/2013)
Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013 - Requires the Secretary of Labor to promulgate an interim final standard on safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention to prevent musculoskeletal disorders for direct-care registered nurses and all other health care workers that requires the use of engineering and safety controls to handle patients through the use of mechanical technology and devices where feasible. Requires, however, the use of alternative controls and measures, including trained, designated lift teams, where such technology and devices are not feasible, in order to minimize the risk of injury to nurses and health care workers.
Includes among the requirements of a final standard that health care employers: (1) develop and implement a safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention program; (2) train their workers on safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention; and (3) post a uniform notice that explains the standard, procedures to report patient handling-related injuries, and workers' rights under this Act. Requires the Secretary to conduct unscheduled inspections to ensure compliance with the standard.
Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to apply the safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention standard to hospitals receiving Medicare funds.