Actions You Should Take if Assaulted at Work
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 75 percent of nearly 25,000 workplace assaults reported annually occur in healthcare and social service settings. The Security Industry Associaon reports that workers in healthcare settings are four times more likely to be victimized than workers in private industry.
An Act Requiring Health Care Employers to Develop and Implement Programs to Prevent Workplace Violence
Nurses and healthcare workers are assaulted on the job more than police officers and prison guards, with more than 70% of hospital emergency department nurses reporting being assaulted during their career. This bill would require healthcare employers to perform an annual safety risk assessment and, based on those findings, develop and implement programs to minimize the danger of workplace violence to employees and paents.
Bill language can be found online at: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1427
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Massachusetts Nurses Association • Workplace Violence and Abuse Prevention Task Force • Updated on 1/23/20