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House Panel Hears Nurses on Workplace Violence

Thursday, March 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
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House panel hears nurses on workplace violence

March 07 2019|Publication: eNews Update


The House Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing last week on protecting health care and social service workers from violence in the workplace. Nurses who had been injured on the job were among those describing their experiences with workplace violence and the long-term effects, including long-term disability and post-traumatic stress disorder. The focus of the hearing was a bill (H.R. 1309) introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., that would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a workplace violence prevention standard within a year and health care and social service employers to comply with the standard to participate in Medicare. The bill has 33 Democratic co-sponsors, including Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Subcommittee Chairwoman Alma Adams, D-N.C. OSHA currently provides voluntary guidelines for workplace violence prevention and may cite employers who fail to provide a workplace free from recognized serious hazards. (HealthLeaders story, 3/1/19)