Issue Background

Health-Care Worker Violence Prevention

House Resolution 1195, The “Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act” introduced on Feb. 22, 2021 by Rep. Joe Courtney from Connecticut was enacted by Congress and now awaits the President’s approval. This bill directs the Secretary of Labor to create and issue an occupational safety and health standard that requires covered employers in the health care and social service industries to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan.

By requiring covered employers to have a workplace violence prevention plan in place that requires risk assessment and mitigation, employee training on hazardous situations in the delivery of patient care, and an enforceable penalty for noncompliance by the covered employer, the “Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act” could reduce the rates of violence reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Government Accountability Office.

ASRT submitted a letter of support for enactment of H.R. 1195 since the development of federal requirements that hospitals and other covered employers must follow to implement workplace violence prevention plans protects all health care workers, including radiologic technologists and radiation therapists.