The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5188.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 3:12 PM

Abstract #43278

Challenges to Worker Health and Safety in Traditional and Non-Traditional Unionized Health Care Settings

Linda L. Delp, MPH, Center for Labor Research and Education, UCLA, Box 951478, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1478, 310 794-5976,, Cheryl Thomas, Radiologic Tech, 1199/SEIU, St. Luke's Hospital, #7 Buttonwood St., Jersey City, NJ 07305, Laura H. Stock, MPH, Labor Occupational Health Program, University of CA at Berkeley, 2223 Fulton St. 4th floor, Berkeley, CA 94720-5120, and Sherry Baron, National Institute for Occupational Safety and health, 4676 Columbia Parkway R-10, Cincinnati, OH 45220.

This panel discusses the challenges faced by workers in the traditional unionized hospital environment as well as those facing recently organized home care workers in California. While hospital workers face issues of management indifference and must identify mechanisms to develop effective ongoing health and safety committees, California home care workers are employed under an independent provider model, whereby each worker is employed by individual senior or disabled care recipients dispersed in homes throughout the state. Presenters will describe and analyze the history and significance of the independent provider model, including the possibilities and limitations to implementation of effective health and safety programs under this model. They will also present an overview of home care worker hazards and results of a recent NIOSH funded study of home care workers health and safety. In contrast, a hospital worker health and safety committee member will discuss the hazards of the hospital environment and the criteria important to development of a union health and safety committee.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

Keywords: Occupational Health, Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA