To: California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA)

Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for Healthcare Workers

Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for Healthcare Workers

Since 2009, SEIU Nurse Alliance of California and SEIU Local 121RN have been addressing workplace violence prevention through legislation, training, and advocacy. However, in 2012 it became clear that the current legislation and regulations could not adequately protect healthcare workers. The culmination of these efforts led to the determination that the most effective course of action would be to petition Cal/OSHA for a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers in California.

California has created a model workplace violence prevention legislation found in Assembly Bill 1083 (Perez) passed in 2009. While the language of this bill is superb, it is difficult to implement and enforce due to not being in labor code and thus out of Cal/OSHA’s jurisdiction. We need a regulation that is enforceable by Cal/OSHA.

Why is this important?

Healthcare workers are tragically familiar with the violence that occurs within their workplaces and this reality is often compounded by the culture that violence is “part of the job.” SEIU Nurse Alliance of California and SEIU Local 121RN know that this cannot be farther from the truth. Violence in healthcare is both predictable and preventable and – through this standard – we hope to change this culture and help to save and protect the lives of healthcare workers.


Reasons for signing

  • personally experienced nurse bullying several times and want to implement a legislative process to stop this behavior
  • I signed because I have experienced violence in the workplace involving patients, and their family. It has to be brought to the public's attention that this is unwelcome and unacceptable behavior, and that there are consequences to be paid for such behaviors.
  • I HAVE BEEN THREATENED BY PATIENTS WITH ASSAULT AND BATTERY. i HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY HIT and punched by pts and told not to report it to the police. I have a permanent back injury inflicted by a pt throwing me to the floor. We need protection in the workplace.

Updates

2014-03-01 18:59:36 -0500

500 signatures reached

2013-12-03 18:39:50 -0500

100 signatures reached

2013-11-25 21:31:17 -0500

50 signatures reached

2013-11-23 16:39:09 -0500

25 signatures reached

2013-11-21 15:26:02 -0500

10 signatures reached