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RSVP and Make History on June 19

Healthcare workers in California are about to make history.

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board will vote to likely accept SEIU’s workplace violence prevention petition at its June 19 meeting in Sacramento, taking the next step in getting us to a much needed and long overdue regulation for healthcare workers around the issue of workplace violence. (more…)

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Reports Recommend Cal/OSHA Standards Board Accept California Safe Care Standard Petition

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

Cal/OSHA’s Acting Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and Senior Safety Engineer of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board have both reviewed the California Safe Care Standard campaign’s Petition No. 538 and recommend that the Standards Board accept it and move it to an advisory committee. (more…)

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Honoring Nurses: Caring for All

By Richard Negri, Health and Safety Director, SEIU Local 121RN and Kathy Hughes, RN, SEIU Local 121RN Liaison to SEIU Nurse Alliance of California

Today – as National Nurses Week commences – we presented a workshop at the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California’s annual legislative conference in Sacramento. There wasn’t a better place either of us could be on the first day of a week that honors the nursing profession than at this conference, speaking to nurses and nurse leaders about the hazard of workplace violence that has affected and continues to affect the lives of so many healthcare workers. (more…)

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Senator Jackson Supports a Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Democrat-19th District) wrote a letter to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board in support of a workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers, saying “I encourage the board to adopt a comprehensive standard on workplace violence that will help to change workplace practices and improve safety for workers in the healthcare industry, nearly 80 percent of whom are women.” (more…)

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Public Health Nurses Share Experiences of Workplace Violence

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

On March 22, I conducted a workshop at SEIU Nurse Alliance of California’s annual Public Health Nurse Conference, “Providing Quality Care Under Safer Conditions.” The workshop was an overview of the California Safe Care Standard’s campaign to get a Cal/OSHA workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers – but more importantly, it was an opportunity for me to hear from public health nurses directly about their experiences with workplace violence and what they need to feel safe at work.  (more…)

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Assemblymember Pan Supports Petition No. 538 Calling for a Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

California Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan (Democrat-9th District, and chair of the Assembly Health Committee) attended the February 20 meeting of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board in Sacramento to speak in support of the California Safe Care Standard campaign’s petition for a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers. “I stand here today in support of my colleagues and the petition to prevent workplace violence. It is time to change the way our state cares for those who have dedicated their lives to serving others and we need to find greater solutions to protect them,” Dr. Pan said. (more…)

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Gender and Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Industry

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

The healthcare industry employs about 18 million people in the United States, nearly 80 percent of whom are women. Healthcare and social assistance workers experience the most assaults on the job – and women healthcare workers get the majority of it simply because it is a female-dominated industry. (more…)

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If It Is Predictable, It Is Preventable

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

The California Safe Care Standard’s campaign to get a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers – Petition No. 538 – is all about ensuring that engineering and administrative controls are put into place that eliminate the hazard of violence in healthcare facilities. Violence doesn’t happen because workers fail to do their jobs or because people act out. People get hurt because safeguards haven’t been put into place by management to prevent violence from occurring in the first place. (more…)

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Support for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for Healthcare Workers Grows

We are honored to have recently received the support for a Cal/OSHA workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers from a number of amazing organizations that advocate on behalf of their members and workers. Healthcare workers deserve to have the peace of mind when they go to work in the morning that they will return home at night safe and healthy. The pandemic of violence that healthcare workers experience is not a patient problem, it is an issue of both engineering and administrative controls, and that is what our petition to Cal/OSHA for a standard is truly all about. We want to thank everyone who is standing up for healthcare workers’ health and safety. (more…)

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Healthcare Workers Testify About Workplace Violence

Members of SEIU Local 721 who came out to testify before the Cal/OSHA Standards Board.

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

This morning, we were in Sacramento to speak to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board about our petition for a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers.

More than 16 nurses and healthcare workers from SEIU and UNAC/UHCP testified about their experiences with violence at work – a pandemic that affects everyone who works in the healthcare industry. We were also joined by Dorothy Wigmore, Occupational Health Specialist at Worksafe; Dr. Richard Pan, Assemblymember representing Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi, and Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health; and Kimberly Rosenberger, SEIU California State Council. (more…)

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