OSHA are going to go after a federal standard targeted at avoiding workplace violence among health care as well as social service workers, after getting petitions from National Nurses United and a coalition of labor unions headed by the AFL-CIO.
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The agency made the statement Jan. 10 during a public stakeholder conference. Representatives from NNU, the AFL-CIO as well as other organizations went to the meeting, together with several health care workers expressed stories of physical and also verbal mistreatment by patients.
Much more hearings might follow as OSHA is starting its rulemaking procedure. At media moment, the agency had not revealed a particular schedule for its next steps.
The attempt to give much better protections for health care and social service workers has received momentum in recent months. In December, OSHA released a Request for Information about if to advise a standard made for avoiding workplace violence in both industries, citing a Government Accountability Office record that documented rates of workplace violence in the health care as well as social service industries were “substantially higher” compared to private industry.
In Congress, Rep. Bobby Scott has called on OSHA to promulgate a workplace violence standard. Earlier this month, outgoing OSHA administrator David Michaels dispatched a notice to Scott thanking him for his issue and also supporting his position.