The 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.
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)