Workplace violence is a growing problem in the healthcare and social service industries that puts workers, healthcare outcomes, and healthcare facility security at risk. OSHA had previously agreed to rulemaking to address this problem, but progress on this issue has stalled even as workplace violence against healthcare workers has increased during the pandemic. In the absence of rulemaking momentum at OSHA, Congress needs to step in to legislate on this issue.
While no one denies that workplace violence against healthcare and social service workers is a problem, the process by which this bill has been drafted is flawed. The opposition of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which represents hospitals and healthcare networks and notes that hospitals already have stringent safety precautions in place, should give lawmakers pause as the AHA’s members are key stakeholders in this issue.