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WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

A safe, prepared, and responsive healthcare environment is needed to protect our healthcare workforce from violence while at work. There have been several national legislative strategies to address this issue.

What can you do now? Organizations that oversee healthcare have elevated the importance of planning and addressing workplace violence. Ask your employer important questions about workplace violence. The Center for Medicare Service and JCAHO are addressing WPV when they visit your workplace setting.

Read below to learn more, and then ask your health care organization how they are meeting these standards and how you can participate!


2024 Legislative Bills on Workplace Violence/Health Care Safety

Human Services Committee

SB 365 Healthcare Worker Safety

Testimony

Video of Verbal Testimony

SB 365 Healthcare Worker Safety

2024 Legislative Bills on Workplace Violence/Health Care Safety

Public Health Committee

OSHA Response to Death of CT Nurse

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National WPV Proposed Legislation

Learn more and write your Congressman

Center for Medicare Inspectors Focusing on WPV

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo late last year directing inspectors of hospitals to ensure workplace violence prevention policies.

https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-23-04-hospitals.pdf


JCAHO Workplace Violence Standards

JACHO Workplace Violence Definitions and Standards:

“An act or threat occurring at the workplace that can include any of the following: verbal, nonverbal, written, or physical aggression; threatening, intimidating, harassing, or humiliating words or actions; bullying; sabotage; sexual harassment; physical assaults; or other behaviors of concern involving staff, licensed practitioners, patients, or visitors.”

  • January 2022 Workplace Violence Prevention Requirements
       Hospitals manages safety and security risks
       Hospitals collect information to monitor condition in the environment (investigating safety and incidents, including WPV)
       Staff participate in ongoing education and training (WPV prevention program)
       Leaders create and maintain a culture of safety and quality throughout the hospital



ANA’s workplace violence issue statement

"One in four nurses has been abused in the workplace. Overall, the likelihood that health care workers are exposed to violence is higher than for prison guards or police officers. The stories nurses tell are horrifying, and all too common. Every day, nurses are stabbed, punched, grabbed, kicked, verbally assaulted, or worse. Perpetrators can be patients and their family members, co-workers, supervisors and managers, and intimate partners.

Violence, unfortunately, is a workplace hazard. Abusive conduct can also undermine the quality of care nurses strive to provide every day. In 2022, the Joint Commission began to assess hospitals' plans to prevent workplace violence, through its new safety standards. This positive step could relieve some nurses of the burden of dealing with the risk of assault and abuse on the job.

Violence and abuse in health care can be prevented, with collaborative approaches. For years, ANA has led the charge to end nurse abuse, by activating nurses where they work, pushing for meaningful laws and regulations at the federal level, and supporting nurse advocates in states. Yet few health care employers have developed suitable plans to prevent workplace violence, putting nurses and others at risk daily, just for doing their job. It is of the utmost importance for nurses to be able to report abuse within their institutions. Reporting systems must also be linked to meaningful prevention programs, appropriate to the setting. Similarly, ANA continues to advocate for pathways for whistleblowers to come forward to report such abusive actions.

In April 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, (H.R. 1195‚Äč) with bipartisan support. This bill would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop enforceable standards  to protect employees from violent incidents in the workplace. A companion bill (S. 4182) was introduced in the Senate on May 11, 2022. ANA supports this legislation while also advocating for OSHA and the Department of Health and Human Services to use their existing authorities to address workplace violence in health care."


Overview of Laws on WPV impacting Connecticut Workplace Violence in Health Care

See PDF of Informational Slides


Home | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)  (The home page is a good starting place and includes links to our social media accounts – LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.)

OSHA Worker Rights and Protections | Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (This topic page provides an overview of workplace safety and health rights and whistleblower rights.

Healthcare - Overview | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)  (This healthcare topic page provides a very large amount of information about common safety and health issues in healthcare, including workplace violence.)

CONN-OSHA (ct.gov)  (This is a link to the CONN_OSHA program for state and local government workers.)