Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Investigation of Safety Complaint #
Nurses deserve the appropriate PPE to safely care for our patients in this pandemic and this week the state agency that investigates workplace safety violations agreed with nurses that Skagit Regional Health failed in its responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment.
WSNA filed a DOSH complaint after members described issues with inadequate PPE, improper training of PPE and inadequate education regarding safety with cleaning chemicals. Several nurse members were interviewed by DOSH as part of this investigation. The willingness of nurses to speak out and work with your union in identifying workplace hazards resulted in an important finding and citation against SRH.
At the conclusion of its investigation, DOSH classified Skagit Regional Health’s failure to properlyprovide staff with PPE as a“serious” violation of the law. WSNA anticipates DOSH will issue a formal Citation shortly which subjects SRH to a monetary penalty in the form of a fine and SRH then has 30 days to take corrective action. Any Citation must be posted in the facility clearly visible for three (3) working days or until the violation has been corrected.
WSNA members continue to monitor and report on workplace safety violations in Local Units across the state. If necessary WSNA will file complaints with DOSH to protect the health and safety of nurse members. If you are concerned for your safety at work or if you have any questions or concerns, contact any of your Local Unit Officers below or Nurse Representative Sue Dunlap firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz Rainaud MSN, RN – Local Unit Chair:
Jessica Googe RN — Secretary
Hannah Guy BSN RN Treasurer
Kristi Perez RN CMSRN Secretary / Grievance Officer
Alice Riddle RN — Membership
Cheryl Pedersen RN – Grievance Officer
Rachel Yates RN – Co-Membership
Sue Dunlap MSN, RN, COS‑C WSNA Nurse Representative