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Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act

Federal Legislation Introduced to Protect Healthcare and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

When you began your healthcare career, you probably did not expect assaults and threats to be part of your job description— yet incidents of violence from patients, clients or visitors have become all too common. Healthcare and social services workers experience 69 percent of reported workplace violence injuries, and they are nearly five times more likely to be assaulted at work than the rest of the labor force.

That’s why the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act of 2019 (H.R. 1309) has been introduced in Congress by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.). This bill will direct OSHA to develop an enforceable standard within 18 months of the bill’s passage. The standard will require healthcare and social services employers to implement and maintain comprehensive workplace violence prevention programs with meaningful participation of direct care employees. The bill defines workplace violence as the threat or use of physical force against an employee, regardless of whether an injury is sustained.

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