As part of the week of action around the annual commemoration of Workers Memorial Day in Los Angeles, healthcare workers, patient advocates, and the community are holding a “Safe Workers Save Lives” rally near College Hospital Cerritos on April 29 to highlight the violence that healthcare workers face on the job every day.
Violence at College Hospital Cerritos and throughout the healthcare industry is widespread. Over 70% of all workplace assaults occur in healthcare and social service settings.
In order to provide the quality healthcare that patients in our communities deserve, we ourselves need to be safe at work. The community is coming out to say the same thing: they deserve quality healthcare “sin peligros” (without danger). (more…)
Safety isn’t rocket science. It’s about using common sense to prevent something that’s happened – or is likely to happen – from happening (again). Trip over your shoe laces because they aren’t tied? Tie them. Near misses at an intersection where a tree branch obstructs a traffic sign? Trim the tree. Ice on a sidewalk making walking dangerous? Put down some salt. You get the picture. It’s pretty simple stuff. (more…)
Healthcare workers represented by SEIU locals across California and UNAC-UHCP packed the Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence in Healthcare advisory meeting on February 5 in Los Angeles to make sure that the regulation the agency is working on will effectively address their needs.
Cal/OSHA heard from more than a hundred of us that, while what they presented as a first draft is good, it needs to include more specific language on bullying. We are in agreement that the regulation must identify the four commonly accepted typologies of violence. (more…)
When we set out to get a Cal/OSHA workplace violence prevention regulation in place to cover all healthcare workers in the state of California, many people said it would be 10 years or more before we saw anything like that. Some said it was just flat out impossible. Our response then was the same as it is today: We will not only get this done, we will do it in less than 4 years … and guess what? We are right on target! (more…)
By Richard Negri, Health and Safety Director, SEIU Local 121RN
There were a few themes yesterday, November 19, at the Cal/OSHA advisory meeting on workplace violence prevention in healthcare, and some were more startling than others. The purpose of these meetings is for stakeholders to publicly discuss what they believe should or should not be in the regulation, a draft of which Cal/OSHA says will be shared by January or February of next year.
The meeting was set up as a panel discussion led primarily by representatives of employer security staff and law enforcement who echoed each other’s sentiment that security is “everyone’s responsibility.” Healthcare workers and workers’ rights advocates repeatedly reminded the panelists and other stakeholders of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which states that it is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe workplace for their employees. (more…)