Bloomberg Law
Jan. 10, 2017, 3:50 PM

OSHA Grants Workplace Violence Petition On Director’s Last Day

Sam Pearson
Sam Pearson

A federal rule to curb violence in health-care and similar settings is on a slow path to adoption as OSHA granted Jan. 10 two petitions by labor unions to start work on a new standard.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration staff were “shocked at the high rate of workplace violence,” which motivated them to grant the petitions, agency director David Michaels told a public meeting Jan. 10.

Michaels took the action as one of his last leading the agency. He told the meeting that Jan. 10 was his final day heading OSHA, a position he held since 2009.

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