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Health-Care Worker Violence Prevention Bill Gets Second Chance

Feb. 22, 2021, 9:52 PM

A bill that would mandate workplace violence protection for health-care and social-service workers has been reintroduced in Congress, where a similar measure was approved by the House in 2019, but died in the Senate.

The bill would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue standards requiring hospitals, clinics, and other health-care and social-service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan. OSHA would have to issue an interim final standard one year after enactment, and a final standard within 42 months of enactment.

The bill’s text wasn’t immediately available.

“This workforce faces more on-the-job violence than...

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