On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the US Department of Labor to issue a temporary standard to address workplace violence in the health care, social services and other sectors.
Workplace Prevention of Violence for Care and the Social Service Workers Act, introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut, passed the House in a vote 254-166 largely on party lines. The legislation would require certain employers to develop and implement comprehensive plans for the prevention of violence in the workplace in the direction of DOL in order to protect workers and other staff from violence. guidelines for prevention published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 201
The interim standard would apply to employers in the health care sector and sectors that carry out activities similar to these sectors.
now go to the Senate for consideration.