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04.26.19

IFPTE Asks Congress to Require a National Standard for Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Assistance Workers

As labor unions prepare to mark April 28th as Workers Memorial Day, IFPTE urged the House and Senate to pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. The House version of the bill, H.R. 1309, is sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut and backed by 79 cosponsors; the Senate version, S.851, is sponsored by Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and backed by nine cosponsors.

This legislation directs OSHA to require employers of health care and social service sectors to implement workplace violence prevention plans for their employees. According to OSHA’s 2015 Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Service Workers, which this legislation uses as the minimum basis for OSHA’s workplace violence prevention standard, 70 to 74% of all workplace assaults between 2011 and 2013 occurred in health care and social service settings. About 10 to 11% of all workplace injuries that resulted in missed days for health services workers are due to workplace assault, according to OSHA.

Read IFPTE's Letter to the Senate here...

Read IFPTE's Letter to the House here...

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