Violence & intimidation is NOT part of the job!
YOU can make a BIG DIFFERENCE for California healthcare workers and patients by sending in your story or joining us in Sacramento on Dec. 17!
|Location:||State Resources Building Auditorium|
|Address:||1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814|
|Press Conference:||Starts at 9:00 am.|
|Cal/OSHA Meeting:||Starts at 10:00 am.|
Healthcare workers experience violence on the job at staggering levels compared to workers in other industries. In fact, along with social service workers, they make up more than 70 percent of violent assaults in the workplace, according to the most recent BLS statistics.
SEIU Local 121RN and the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California launched the California Safe Care Standard campaign in 2012 to petition Cal/OSHA to create and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention regulation covering all workers in the California healthcare industry. Cal/OSHA, the government agency in California charged with protecting workers from health and safety hazards on the job, is accepting public comments on the official regulation language through Dec. 17.
We encourage you to share any incidents of workplace violence or threats of violence that you either experienced or witnessed, especially if there was intimidation or other threatening, disruptive behavior that preceded the event that caused you to fear for your safety.
You may email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to: Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board, 2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95833.
On Dec. 17, the proposed regulation will be considered as part of the Standards Board meeting in Sacramento. We need RNs and healthcare workers to testify not only to the importance and necessity of this regulation as currently proposed, but also to expand the proposed regulation to cover psychological injuries inflicted by harassment, intimidation and other threatening disruptive behavior (verbal or implied threats).
We believe that fear for one’s safety due to threats or intimidation can cause injury that is just as real as actual physical violence and, therefore, should be reflected in the regulation.
Please contact me at (951) 236-7125 or email@example.com to discuss logistics of participating in the Sacramento hearing on Dec. 17, or if you need help submitting your comments to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board.
Katherine Hughes, RN
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