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Non-Hospital Healthcare Workers Speak Out on Workplace Violence

Group SEIUOn November 13, more than 30 healthcare workers and union staff from Service Employees International Union Locals 121RN, 1021, 1000, and United Long Term Care Workers joined in solidarity with representatives from the United Nurses Association of California, the California Nurses Association, the California Teachers Association, Worksafe, and the California American Nurses Association at the second Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence in Healthcare advisory meeting in Oakland.

This was one in a series of public stakeholder meetings being held by Cal/OSHA to develop the country’s first comprehensive workplace violence prevention regulation for healthcare workers. The focus of this meeting was to discuss workplace violence and prevention mechanisms as they relate to non-hospital healthcare settings. (more…)

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Workplace Violence Prevention in Non-Hospital Healthcare Settings

As we reported earlier, the first Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence in Healthcare Advisory Meeting focused on how to define workplace violence, the scope of the proposed standard, and the components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.

The next Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence in Healthcare Advisory Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) in Oakland, California. This meeting will focus entirely on non-hospital healthcare settings, some of which include: (more…)

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Making History for California Healthcare Workers

The first Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence in Healthcare Advisory Meeting was held on September 10 in Oakland to begin the process of hammering out what will possibly be the country’s first-ever comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard covering all healthcare workers.

More than 70 people – including healthcare workers, union activists, workplace health and safety advocates, and employer representatives – spoke to various parts of the agenda throughout the five hour-long public meeting. (more…)

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Words Matter: Defining Workplace Violence and Its Typologies

By Richard Negri, Health and Safety Director, SEIU Local 121RN

OSHA defines workplace violence as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.”

This is the same definition that the Safe Care Standard campaign uses in its petition to Cal/OSHA to get a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard promulgated to cover all healthcare workers in the state of California. (more…)

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Agenda Set for First Workplace Violence in Healthcare Advisory Meeting

SEIU Local 121RN member Julius Loyola, RN, testifying on June 19 to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board about the need for a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers.

The process of getting a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers in California is underway. Cal/OSHA will hold its first Workplace Violence in Healthcare advisory meeting on Wednesday, September 10, at the Elihu Harris State Building at 1515 Clay Street in Oakland from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Click here for the agenda, which will include a discussion about defining workplace violence, the scope of coverage, and key components of a workplace violence prevention program. (more…)

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Workplace Violence Survey Results

The healthcare industry is one of the most dangerous places to work in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare and social assistance workers experience almost 60 percent of the violent assaults that happen in the workplace.

In 2012, the California Safe Care Standard campaign – co-sponsored by SEIU Local 121RN and SEIU Nurse Alliance of California – began to educate, mobilize, and organize around the hazard of workplace violence and push for Cal/OSHA to promulgate a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers.

As part of that work, we designed an online survey so that we could hear from healthcare workers about their experiences with workplace violence and their thoughts about what they need to be safe on the job.  (more…)

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Unanimous! Cal/OSHA Standards Board Votes to Move Forward on Workplace Violence Prevention Regulation for Healthcare Workers

SEIU Local 121RN President Gayle Batiste, RN, speaks at a press conference about workplace violence in Sacramento on June 19.

By Richard Negri, Health and Safety Director, SEIU Local 121RN

When we began working on the California Safe Care Standard campaign to petition the Cal/OSHA Standards Board to write a comprehensive workplace violence prevention regulation for healthcare workers in the state, we went at it full force with educating, mobilizing, and organizing as many of us as possible. We knew that this campaign was going to be an intense challenge.

On June 19, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board heard from about 40 different SEIU members, staff, and allies about the hazard of workplace violence. After they listened to heart wrenching testimony and watched as we cried and laughed with the intensity of explaining what many are dealing with on a day-to-day basis, they began a discussion among themselves.  (more…)

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SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Stands with California Healthcare Workers

We are so honored that SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry sent the following letter to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board today in anticipation of the June 19 vote on the California Safe Care Standard campaign’s Petition No. 538. Below is her letter; click here for a pdf version. (more…)

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Join Us in Sacramento

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. (more…)

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SoCalCOSH Supports Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for Healthcare Workers

SoCalCOSH is a Los Angeles-based grassroots coalition of health and safety activists, union and non-union workers, legal professionals, students, and academic researchers dedicated to eliminating hazardous working conditions and promoting healthier working environments through advocacy, direct training, worker empowerment, and coalition building. The organization is a member of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), a federation of 21 local and statewide COSH groups. (more…)

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