Health & Safety

Our local addresses many issues related to the health and safety of our members. If you are experiencing any health and safety problems on the job and you’re not sure how to handle it, please contact a Union Steward or your Union Representative. Issues can include but are not limited to:

  • Lack of lift teams or proper lift equipment for safe patient handling
  • Improper handling of bloodborne pathogens
  • Wrong needles being provided that do not meet standards to avoid needlesticks
  • Cal/OSHA standards are not being followed
  • Bedbugs or other insect infestations that are not being dealt with
  • OSHA 300 Injury Logs not being kept up-to-date and/or not provided when requested
  • Nurse-to-patient ratios consistently outside of state mandated limits
  • Lack of protection from workplace violence
  • Any other issue that puts an RN’s or other staff member’s health and safety in jeopardy

If you have experienced or witnessed health and safety violations, please open the electronic questionnaire linked here and fill out to the best of your ability. The form will be forwarded to our Health & Safety Director once you submit it.

If you would like to print the questionnaire to fill out by hand, please click here. 

Health & Safety Rights: Facts for California Workers

June 2015 — The State of California, Division of Occupational Safety and Health— better known as “Cal/OSHA”—is working to assure you have a safe and healthful workplace. Read this fact sheet to understand your basic rights and learn what you can do to help keep your job safe. Click here to view the fact sheet.

California Safe Care Standard

The California Safe Care Standard is a campaign to get a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard adopted by Cal/OSHA. It is an effort led by SEIU Local 121RN and the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California, but needs the help and support of many, many others.

Healthcare workers are tragically familiar with the violence that occurs within our workplaces. The reality is frequently compounded by the culture that violence “comes with the territory.” Yet none of us came to this profession willing or prepared to get beat up, spit at, bullied, and worse. We need to get this story out as we build out our petition to Cal/OSHA.

Below is a list of entry points for you to visit the campaign, get involved, and most importantly, take action!

If you have questions or concerns you’d like to discuss, please contact either:

Katharine (Kathy) Hughes, RN
SEIU 121RN Labor Specialist / SEIU Nurse Alliance of California Liaison

YOU can help SEIU Local 121RN and the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California get a Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for Healthcare Workers adopted:

Visit and bookmark our website

Sign our petition

Take our online survey about workplace violence

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