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Stopping Workplace Violence - No One Should be Afraid to Come to Work!

Kellie Thimmes, BS, DISIPC
Posted by Kellie Thimmes, BS, DISIPC on May 10, 2023 11:06:30 AM

Caring for others should not increase your chances of workplace violence, yet somehow it does. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), health care workers are four times more likely to experience workplace violence than workers in any other industry. What is being done to change these staggering statistics? 

Something Needs to Change!

The health care industry is one of the most critical sectors in society, as it provides essential services to patients in need. However, health care workers face an increasing threat of violence in the workplace. To address this concern, lawmakers have introduced the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, a bill aimed at protecting healthcare workers from violence on the job.

The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act was first introduced to Congress in 2021 by Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut.  This bill requires OSHA to issue a standard on workplace violence prevention in health care and other sectors. The Act will require employers to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan. The plan would include procedures for identifying and reporting incidents of workplace violence, training for employees on how to prevent and respond to violent incidents, and measures to mitigate the risk of violence, such as installing security cameras or panic buttons. 

Protecting Workers From an Active Shooter

This Act has gained significant support from health care workers and advocates for workplace safety. The goal is to address the alarming statistics and provide health care workers with the protection they need to do their jobs safely. On the flip side, some critics argue that the bill could be costly and burdensome for facilities to implement. However, the bill addresses these concerns by including provisions to ensure that the requirements are tailored to the specific needs of each facility, large or small. 


This Act is a critical piece of legislation. It’s unfortunate that employers are faced with workplace violence incidents, but it is a reality that must be dealt with to keep employees safe.  Workplace safety must become a priority because all workers deserve to feel safe and secure at work. By requiring facilities to develop and implement comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans, we can create a safer environment for both health care workers and patients. As the bill continues to gain momentum, we can hope for a future where everyone can do their job without fear of violence. Learn more about OSHA's General Duty clause.

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Topics: General Industry, Dental Lab Industry, Dentistry, Health & Safety, Emergency Planning, Workplace Violence

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