Online Program

Campaign for a Comprehensive Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for Healthcare Workers in California

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mark D. Catlin, BS BA, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington, DC
Katherine Hughes, RN, Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN, Pasadena, CA
Ingela Dahlgren, RN, SEIU Nurse Alliance of California, Camarillo, CA
Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR, Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN, Pasadena, CA
Sue Weinstein, RN, Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN, Pasadena, CA
This presentation describes the ongoing California Safe Care Standard campaign to win a comprehensive and enforceable California OSHA workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers. In February 2013, the Service Employees International Union Local 121RN and the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California,,co-leaders of the campaign, petitioned the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to promulgate a standard. During the prior year, SEIU conducted extensive internal and external organizing to educate and and mobilize front-line healthcare workers and union leaders for the campaign, including an extensive use of social media.  SEIU conducted a survey of healthcare worker experience with workplace violence and gathered many personal stories for use in the campaign and in public hearings. The Board accepted the petition in June and began stakeholders meeting in September to develop draft language for a standard.  During the months of stakeholder meetings, the campaign continued mobilizing healthcare workers.  The campaign also gained support from outside of the healthcare workforce – from patient advocates and community organizations.  Public hearings are expected during the summer of 2015 and a final standard could be enacted by the summer of 2016.       


Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
list three ways the campaign involved front-line healthcare workers.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Labor

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been lead staff on this campaign since its beginning almost three years ago. I;ve been a nurse for more than 20 years and I'm currently the co-chair of the national health and safety committee of the SEIU national Nurse Alliance.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.