Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prompt the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create a workplace safety standard that addresses violence experienced by people who work in health and social services.
HR 1195, called the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act and introduced Tuesday, would require employers in the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement a plan to protect their employees from workplace violence under the direction of OSHA. The bill specifies special requirements for risk identification and risk reduction.
The provisions would include hospitals, physical and mental health treatment facilities, correctional or custodial social service settings, centers for substance abuse disorders, and community care settings such as group homes. The bill would not include offices of individual physician practices or other medical providers located outside of covered facilities or covered services.