Pennsylvania lawmakers have filed legislation that would require health care facilities to establish workplace violence prevention committees to better protect employees.
House Bill 1088, filed Monday, would cover hospitals, long-term care facilities and home health agencies.
The committees would be tasked with conducting annual risk assessments to determine which factors may put workers at risk of workplace violence.
The bill requires non-managerial staff engaged in direct patient care to make up half of the members of the boards, with a mix of both union and non-union members.
The measure would require the boards to meet quarterly to review incidents of workplace violence and propose solutions. It would also require the committees to submit regular reports to the state Department of Labor and Industry.
The bill would authorize the department to impose sanctions on any health care facility found to be acting in bad faith by failing to implement safety recommendations put forth by the committees.