This page is provided to keep ANA\C members up to date on this important topic. Please scroll to see all of the varied information. You may want to review the ANA\C Resolution Addressing the Penalty for Assaulting Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals in the Workplace.
What is the California Safe Care Standard Campaign?
Since 2009, the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California and SEIU Local 121RN have been addressing workplace violence prevention through legislation, training, and advocacy. This document provides information about the campaign and provides resources for those who want to get involved. Learn more at www.safecarestandard.org
February 10, 2014-Petition for a Workplace Prevention Standard for Healthcare Workers
SEIU Local 121RN and SEIU Nurse Alliance of California Petition the Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board asking that they promulgate a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers. Read the petition.
April 20, 2014-Memorandum Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board Evaluating Petition 538
This document gives the results of the evaluation of the Petition 538 by the Board.
May 12, 2014-Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board: Review of Petition 538
Signed on May 12, 2014 this petition was filed by SEIU Local 121RN and SEIU Nurse Alliance of California (Petitioners). The Petitioners requested that the Board amend the General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) and promulgate a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for health care workers. This 8 page document will explain the request of the Petitioners and provide the Board's recommendation.
Press Release April 25, 2014: California Safe Care Standard
RNs announce they applaud Cal/OSHA on its supportive report on the workplace violence prevention petition sponsored by SEIU.
Senate Bill 1299-Senator Padilla:
This bill would require the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, no later than July 1, 2015, to adopt standards developed by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health that require specified types of hospitals, including a general acute care hospital or an acute psychiatric hospital, to adopt a workplace violence prevention plan as a part of the hospital's injury and illness prevention plan to protect workers and other facility personnel from aggressive and violent behavior. This bill would require the division by January 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, to post a report on its Internet Web site containing specified information regarding violent incidents at hospitals.
Issues and Suggestions Related to SB 1299:
The document provides information about some to SB 1299.
June 23, 2014: Update from Executive Director Honorable Tricia Hunter
Director Hunter attended a meeting with SEIU and UNAC and then a press conference before the Cal OSHA hearing on the workplace violence petition. Any industry or advocate can petition Cal OSHA to determine whether regulations should be written to protect the public in the work place setting. ANA\C signed onto the petition with SEIU. UNAC joined as well. CNA had a petition but it was for registered nurses only. The SEIU petition was for health care workers, no matter where they work.
A petition must be responded to within 60 days. About 45 people testified. Ms. Hunter testified on behalf of ANA\C. The Board (Cal OSHA) combined the two petitions and approved them going forward. They stated that they thought there were problems within other areas of the law that they would try to identify and submit to the other departments. An Advisory Group will meet in the future made up of all the stakeholders.