Violence and intimidation are NOT part of the job. Healthcare workers experience violence on the job at staggering levels compared to workers in other industries. In California, we have an important opportunity to strengthen protections for these workers - and you can help!
Based on data collected by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2013 in the U.S. there were more than 26,000 workplace injuries related to violence, including close to 400 deaths. Over 70% of violent assaults in the workplace happened in the healthcare and social service industries. However, there is no federal workplace standard, and no California standard, for preventing workplace violence.
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.
Worksafe provided support to the campaign throughout the standard-setting process, educating policymakers on the dangers of violence and intimidation in the workplace, and highlighting stories of lives lost and damaged through our annual reports.
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board will be meeting in Sacramento on December 17th for the final hearing on the proposed standard. For more details on the meeting, and for the proposed regulation, click here.
This is the last chance to share your voice and tell the board what they need to know, so that we pass the strongest rules possible for meaningful protection.
What can you do?
• Send in your comments or stories to Cal/OSHA: email firstname.lastname@example.org (or contact us if you have any questions about submitting your comments).
• Sign-on to Worksafe’s letter to Cal/OSHA whether you are a worker, healthcare provider, or workplace violence prevention advocate: contact us at email@example.com, or 510-302-1021.
• Join us with the California Safe Care Standard Campaign in Sacramento on December 17th to testify or show your support: contact Katherine Hughes, RN, at (951) 236-7125 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss logistics of participating in the Sacramento hearing.
You can help to make sure that healthcare workers in California have the protections they need against violence and intimidation on the job.