Workplace Violence Prevention

Speak Out!

Intimidation MemeThe Cal/OSHA Standards Board will be holding its July meeting in Southern California…and we’ll be there to address the Board about the draft of the workplace violence prevention regulation for healthcare workers that is now before them for consideration.

The leadership of Cal/OSHA has taken it upon itself to significantly weaken language that was developed over the course of five robust public advisory meetings. That draft is now with the Standards Board. The next step is that the Board will review it and turn it back over to Cal/OSHA with their evaluation.

Cal/OSHA’s leadership has put forward a draft that:

o   Narrows the definition of workplace violence
o   Says verbal and physical intimidation isn’t workplace violence
o   Allows employers to decide what is or isn’t a “credible threat” of workplace violence
o   Allows employers to decide who is a “reasonable person” when it comes to making a complaint of workplace violence
o   Doesn’t mandate effective (site specific, interactive, and frequent) training

We need the Standards Board to tell Cal/OSHA that this watered down draft is not acceptable.

We’ll be gathering outside Pasadena City Hall (100 North Garfield Avenue) at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 16. The meeting starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. Please join us if you can. If you can’t, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be sharing updates throughout the day.

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SEIU On NBC News: Nurses Seek Protection From Frequent Hospital Violence After Shooting

California authorities and healthcare workers met to discuss first-in-the-nation safety rules aimed at preventing hospital violence. This comes two weeks after an LA nurse was shot on duty at a hospital. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (Published Thursday, Feb 5, 2015)

 See the full article on NBC Local News 4.

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Join Us in a Moment of Silence Today in Honor of Sister Evelyn Lynch

Please join us today in honoring Sister Evelyn Lynch, RN who was injured on the job at Brookdale University Hospital, after repeated citations from OSHA. She is still recovering from her injuries. SEIU 1199 New York is hosting a prayer service tonight at 5:00 PM EST. Let us stand together today and pray to end the violence now.

See the citation here.

Evelyn Lynch - 1 year Prayer Ceremony-2

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Looking Back/Moving Forward: Safe Workers Save Lives

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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!

This past year, we’ve gone from submitting our petition to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board, to having it accepted, to moving quickly into the process of getting the actual regulation written. Along the way, we’ve educated, mobilized, and organized around the hazard of workplace violence in the healthcare industry.

We are now in the first weeks of our third full year of the campaign and we believe that a draft of the regulation will go to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board by the first week of June. They will then take a few months to review that language and bring it to committee and public comment before voting. The good news is that Governor Brown signed into law SB 1299 requiring Cal/OSHA to have a workplace violence prevention regulation for healthcare workers promulgated by June 2016 (a law that we were successful in amending to ensure that the scope of our regulation would not be limited).

We hit the ground running in 2015. We anticipate reviewing the first draft of the regulation very soon and are coordinating a task force of healthcare workers to do a first read with us. (If you are interested in being part of that group, please email or call Richard at 626-375-6426.)

Aside from working on the regulation itself, we are gearing up for two actions that will coincide around Workers Memorial Day – one in the Los Angeles area and one in Sacramento. When we have the details in place, we’ll post the information here.For now, save the dates of April 29 (Los Angeles) and May 6 (Sacramento) for these “Safe Workers Save Lives” actions.

Finally, Cal/OSHA’s next meeting about the regulation is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, at the Caltrans Building (100 South Main Street) in Los Angeles. This will be a critical meeting for everyone to attend because it is to discuss the first draft of the regulation. Please save the date and email Kathy to let us know you’ll be there.

 

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