Healthcare workers from around the state, along with workers’ rights and health and safety advocates, will be in Sacramento on Thursday, June 19, to urge the Cal/OSHA Standards Board to accept the California Safe Care Standard campaign’s Petition No. 538 to promulgate a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers.
Among those sharing their stories with the Standards Board of widespread violence and culture of fear on the job will be workers from Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where two nurses were stabbed on Easter Sunday, and Napa State Hospital, where Donna Gross was killed in 2010.
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified workers in the healthcare industry as among those at the highest risk for workplace violence, Cal/OSHA – California’s agency charged with protecting workers from hazards on the job – does not currently have the authority it needs to require employers to take necessary preventive measures to protect workers from workplace violence. A comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers is badly needed and long overdue.
WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 10:00 am (plan to arrive by 9:00 am)
WHERE: State Resources Building, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA