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Regulate Violence in Health Care, Democrats Tell OSHA

July 18, 2016, 4:00 AM

Leading Democrats in the House and Senate called on the federal government to regulate workplace violence in health-care settings July 18.

In their letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, the signatories—Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.)—said that workers in health-care and social service settings face significant risk of injury from violence.

In 2013, more than 150,000 health-care workers reported at least one assault in the workplace, the letter read, citing Bureau of Justice statistics.

“Federal injury data shows that the rate of workplace violence at health-care ...