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Challenges to worker health and safety in traditional and non-traditional unionized health care settings.

Authors
Delp-LL; Thomas-C; Stock-LH; Baron-S
Source
APHA 130th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 9-13, 2002. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2002 Nov; :43278
NIOSHTIC No.
20024027
Abstract
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.
Keywords
Worker-health; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Work-environment; Environmental-factors; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Occupational-hazards
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and health, 4676 Columbia Parkway R-10, Cincinnati, OH 45220.
Publication Date
20021113
Document Type
Abstract
Email Address
ldelp@ucla.edu
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
APHA 130th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 9-13, 2002
State
NJ; CA; OH
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