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Larson Votes for Critical Protections for Health Care and Social Service Workers

April 16, 2021
Press Release

 Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for Rep. Joe Courtney’s (CT-02) Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1195). Larson is a cosponsor of the bill.

“I applaud Rep. Joe Courtney for his leadership and efforts to protect heath care and social service workers. These workers care for the most vulnerable in our society and have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are often at risk of workplace violence due to their unique roles. Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that health care and social service workers were nearly five times as likely to suffer a serious workplace violence injury than workers in other sectors. This in unacceptable,” said Larson.  “I’m proud to vote for the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act to address this growing epidemic and work with Rep. Joe Courtney on this issue.”

The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act:

  • Provides health care and social service workers the protection they deserve by compelling OSHA to issue an interim final standard within one year and a final standard within 42 months, requiring employers within the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement comprehensive violence prevention programs to prevent or mitigate violent incidents in the workplace using proven prevention techniques tailored to the risks in a given workplace.
  • Requires employers to identify risks, specify solutions, and require training, reporting, and incident investigations.
  • Provides protections to workers from retaliation for reporting violent incidents in the workplace.
  • Protects health care and social service workers in the public sector in the 24 states not covered by OSHA.

 

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