Laws & Loopholes

OSHA Recognizes that Workplace Violence is Occupational Hazard

OSHA issued a press release on September 8, 2011, announcing a compliance directive to address workplace violence:

WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a directive on Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence. The directive establishes uniform procedures for OSHA field staff for responding to incidents and complaints of workplace violence and conducting inspections in industries considered vulnerable to workplace violence, such as healthcare and social service settings, and late-night retail establishments.   (more…)

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OSHA and Cal/OSHA

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970

To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by:

  • Authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act.
  • Assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions.
  • Providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health; and/or other purposes.   (more…)
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What is an IIPP and How Does it Work?

The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is a workplace safety program created to identify, address, and record workplace hazards. An effective IIPP improves the safety and health in a workplace and reduces costs through good management and employee involvement. The California Code of Regulations (CCR) requires every California employer to have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program in writing. Unfortunately, gaps in enforcement exist as Cal/OSHA does not monitor the quality or effectiveness of IlPPs.   (more…)

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AB 1083

Workplace violence is a reality for far too many nurses and healthcare workers. A survey of nearly 700 California doctors and nurses by SEIU in March and April of 2009 found that one-half of respondents had witnessed violence in their hospital and that one-quarter had been targeted in a violent incident.

SEIU 121RN members, frustrated by their hospital’s refusal to work on issues surrounding security, took the law into their own hands brought the problem to legislators’ attention. 121RN spearheaded the introduction of AB 1083, which was sponsored by Assemblymember John Perez. AB 1083 became law in October 2009 and is now in section 1257.7 of the California Health & Safety Code. Because it is under the purview of the California Department of Public Health, AB 1083 has been difficult to implement and enforce.   (more…)

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