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Illinois Health Employers Face Safety Mandates Jan. 1

Dec. 31, 2018, 7:49 PM

Protecting Illinois hospital workers and visitors is the focus of a workplace violence prevention law taking effect Jan. 1. The measure was sparked by two hostage-taking incidents in 2017.

The law requires hospitals and some walk-in clinics in the state to train all workers on how to handle threatening situations. These employers also must initiate programs modeled after the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s voluntary guidelines for protecting health-care workers from attacks.

“It reinforces what we already have in place,” Melisa Granto, associate vice president for security at AMITA Health, which oversees 20 hospitals in the state, said about...

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