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house Bill H.R. 1195

Should the Federal Gov’t Set & Enforce a Workplace Violence Safety Standard for Healthcare Settings?

Argument in favor

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.

larubia's Opinion
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04/16/2021
Yes, I support standards for health & safety for healthcare workers. I want the same for educators. I can share stories that make my military husband cringe. I worked at an elementary school. No security guards there. Your lucky to get a call when the meth bust is happening 100 feet from the playground full of 5 year olds. Try a lockdown with an armed man with a semi-automatic weapon & 30 rounds at dismissal. How about parents coming into the office locked & loaded, drunk/abusive. Oh, then there are the divorcing parents, pedophiles lurking by the playground, or the random gang member who has it in for his brother’s friend. Not to mention the students coming armed to school. One 4th grader putting a handgun to the head of a second grader after tutoring. I, sadly, can go on. All of the above are true stories. All of the above I had to respond to as a principal, without a weapon, without campus security, often without my halftime or no time school counselor. Yes, please take care of healthcare workers. But, please do not forget those in schools that serve and protect the most precious humans. We need help, too.
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Joan's Opinion
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04/16/2021
As a retired RN, I support this bill. I worked many years in emergency rooms and have seen workplace violence. Because emergency rooms have constant ambulance traffic opening doors to accept patients, anyone can walk through the doors when they open. The hospital did have “security”. One or two older obese men who moved like molasses in January. They were no help when a man with a gun entered through the ER ambulance door. After a scuffle, an off duty policeman who was there with his wife got the gun.
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Frank-001's Opinion
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04/16/2021
I know several people working in healthcare. I visit one hospital regularly. I have been lead to believe little is being done to protect patients or caregivers from determined predators. It seems that most hospital security systems are pretty weak. It depends primarily on the public’s goodwill. I remember a while back that one hospital in the area was forced to beef up security in the maternity ward because babies were being stolen. Then another hospital security issue arose when laptops started disappearing. Then there are the instances of having personal items stolen. Looking around a hospital room patient security is not a priority. I've crept myself out thinking how easy getting past security is! Wonder how much never gets media attention in the name of “keeping people calm.” In the plus column: Entrance security has improved due to COVID. However, other weaknesses are still readily apparent. Not sure what the downside of better security beyond the needed increase of funds.
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Argument opposed

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.

B.R.'s Opinion
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04/16/2021
In 2016, the GAO claimed that there was very little studies done to determine whether the violence prevention programs that already exist are effective which then serves the question: Why would we recommend to implement a program that will cost $35 million that hasn't been tested for effectiveness. This is the problem with programs like this. We blindly implement them, continue to fund them year after year without turning back to actually see if they are working. Enough of the stupidity.
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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04/16/2021
Local issue it is not the federal government’s responsibility. There are already protections.
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Robert's Opinion
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04/16/2021
This should belong to the states. The federal government needs to stay out of the states laws!
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    Yes, I support standards for health & safety for healthcare workers. I want the same for educators. I can share stories that make my military husband cringe. I worked at an elementary school. No security guards there. Your lucky to get a call when the meth bust is happening 100 feet from the playground full of 5 year olds. Try a lockdown with an armed man with a semi-automatic weapon & 30 rounds at dismissal. How about parents coming into the office locked & loaded, drunk/abusive. Oh, then there are the divorcing parents, pedophiles lurking by the playground, or the random gang member who has it in for his brother’s friend. Not to mention the students coming armed to school. One 4th grader putting a handgun to the head of a second grader after tutoring. I, sadly, can go on. All of the above are true stories. All of the above I had to respond to as a principal, without a weapon, without campus security, often without my halftime or no time school counselor. Yes, please take care of healthcare workers. But, please do not forget those in schools that serve and protect the most precious humans. We need help, too.
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    In 2016, the GAO claimed that there was very little studies done to determine whether the violence prevention programs that already exist are effective which then serves the question: Why would we recommend to implement a program that will cost $35 million that hasn't been tested for effectiveness. This is the problem with programs like this. We blindly implement them, continue to fund them year after year without turning back to actually see if they are working. Enough of the stupidity.
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    As a retired RN, I support this bill. I worked many years in emergency rooms and have seen workplace violence. Because emergency rooms have constant ambulance traffic opening doors to accept patients, anyone can walk through the doors when they open. The hospital did have “security”. One or two older obese men who moved like molasses in January. They were no help when a man with a gun entered through the ER ambulance door. After a scuffle, an off duty policeman who was there with his wife got the gun.
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    I know several people working in healthcare. I visit one hospital regularly. I have been lead to believe little is being done to protect patients or caregivers from determined predators. It seems that most hospital security systems are pretty weak. It depends primarily on the public’s goodwill. I remember a while back that one hospital in the area was forced to beef up security in the maternity ward because babies were being stolen. Then another hospital security issue arose when laptops started disappearing. Then there are the instances of having personal items stolen. Looking around a hospital room patient security is not a priority. I've crept myself out thinking how easy getting past security is! Wonder how much never gets media attention in the name of “keeping people calm.” In the plus column: Entrance security has improved due to COVID. However, other weaknesses are still readily apparent. Not sure what the downside of better security beyond the needed increase of funds.
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    We must protect our healthcare workers on the job, no matter the facility or setting. I think during a time of increasing domestic and workplace violence this seems like a good effort towards making sure these vital workers will be safe on the job.
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    I think violence in America is generally growing, although I admit that I haven’t researched the data on single violent events covering violence from the verbal to the physical and domestic to stranger-on-stranger violence. It’s the reason I support background checks and banning certain kinds of weapons or weapon parts. I know the argument that only criminals will have guns. Nonetheless, I haven’t heard anyone say guns in general should be banned, so people would still be able to buy guns to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Many people are angry and afraid in part due to income inequality and job insecurity. In the last 5 years, in a society where we are all too prone to look for anyone or anything else to blame but our own choices, behaviors, and the unknowable random variables that influence fate we have been encouraged to blame other people - especially non-white groups. Reuters published this article which supports my impression that violence with guns is increasing: - DAYTON, Aug. 4, 2019 - A gunman dressed in body armor opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people including his sister and wounding 27 others. Police killed the shooter. - VIRGINIA BEACH, May 31, 2019 - A disgruntled public utility employee opened fire with a handgun on co-workers at a municipal building in Virginia, killing 12 people and wounding at least four before he was fatally shot by police. - THOUSAND OAKS, Nov. 7, 2018 - A former Marine combat veteran killed 12 people in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He then killed himself. - TREE OF LIFE, Oct. 27, 2018 - A gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue near Pittsburgh with a semi-automatic rifle and three handguns as he fired on congregants gathered for a Sabbath service, killing 11. - SANTA FE, Texas, May 18, 2018 - A 17-year-old student dressed in a trench coat and armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire at his high school outside Houston, killing nine students and a teacher, before surrendering to officers. - PARKLAND, Feb. 14, 2018 - A former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing 17 students and educators. - SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Nov. 5, 2017 - A man thrown out of the U.S. Air Force for beating his wife and child shot 26 people fatally at a rural Texas church where his in-laws worshipped before killing himself. - LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1, 2017 - A gunman opened fire on a country music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel suite, killing 58 people and wounding 564 others before taking his own life. - ORLANDO, June 12, 2016 - A gunman fatally shot 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub, before he was shot dead by police. - SAN BERNARDINO, Dec. 2, 2015 - A husband and wife killed 14 people at a workplace holiday party in San Bernardino in Southern California before dying in a shootout with police. - ROSEBURG, Oct 1, 2015 - A gunman stalked onto an Oregon college campus and opened fire, killing nine people and wounding seven before police shot him to death. - CHARLESTON, June 17, 2015 - A White supremacist killed nine Black churchgoers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was sentenced to death. - WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 16, 2013 - A former Navy reservist working as a government contractor killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. He was shot dead by police. - NEWTOWN, Dec. 14, 2012 - A heavily armed gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children from five- to 10-years old, in a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. - AURORA, July 20, 2012 - A masked gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70 others at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado. He received multiple life sentences. - FORT HOOD, Nov. 5, 2009 - An army major and psychiatrist opened fire at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas, killing 13 people. https://www.reuters.com/world/us/major-mass-shootings-united-states-2021-03-23/
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    I can't even imagine the hell that our health care workers have experienced over the past year and are continuing to experience now that we have yet another Covid surge here in Michigan......and with all the heart ache, suffering and death they have faced EVERY freaking day.....they have to worry about violence against them as well.....they should be protected and supported as much as humanly possible.
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    Local issue it is not the federal government’s responsibility. There are already protections.
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    Important to standardize...this issue is bigger than you think actually 1 in 4 nurses are abused in the workplace that’s more often than prison guards or police. Patients seem to be more aggressive especially those who exhibit long Covid and the frontline staff needs these basic protections in place.
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    This should belong to the states. The federal government needs to stay out of the states laws!
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    All I needed to see was that the American Hospital Association is against this bill. If anyone tells you that most hospitals are Not-For-Profit Corporations and they should be given the benefit of doubt, they are lying to you. Hospitals and Hospital Systems and their CEO's are just as bad as any other corporation. Officially, they may be non-profit, but they are no less greedy and penny-pinching. Their CEO's take salaries that are at least has high and sometimes higher than CEO's of For-Profit corporations. They nickel and dime their employees--doctors, nurse, aides, housekeeping, tech services, cafeteria workers, security, etc. They chase down and hound patients who are late paying their bills. They hide their actual costs AND their pricing schedules to prevent patients from comparing different hospitals/hospital systems. SO, I TAKE THE SIDE OF THOSE WHO ACTUALLY DO ALL THE WORK INSIDE THE HOSPITAL AND WHO ARE AT RISK! ----------------PROTECT THE HEALTHCARE WORKERS!
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    This is a State jurisdiction! Allowing States and local governments to regulate this situation is better suited for local citizens and their needs. No need for federal involvement here.
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    Keep the SALT and recognize Republicans for who they are. “A close examination of the care work sector, however, reveals that the market isn’t working particularly well at all. As of May 2020, the median wage for a home health aide was $13.02 an hour. Many caregivers work informally; they are caring for their relatives. One in six caregivers live in poverty, as Fortune recently reported. Their circumstances say nothing about the importance of their work. The elderly require care and so do people with certain disabilities. Care workers are necessary, but they are simply undervalued and underpaid. This is an old problem, which rests on top of other old problems; it’s not a coincidence that care workers in the U.S. are mostly women, and women of color at that. The Biden bill only does so much for them: It calls for higher wages, but unless moderate Democrats change their minds about the filibuster, a $15 minimum wage will remain a rallying cry instead of reality. Republicans, however, seem determined to do nothing. The party has no plan to protect care work at all. And that’s the point. The GOP doesn’t have a plan because it doesn’t think care work matters. They don’t value the people who perform it. When members of the party rail against the elites, and fashion themselves champions of the worker, they aren’t talking about low-income Black women who take care of the elderly. They aren’t even referring to the archetypal white man in a hard hat. That man has a family, and that family has needs. They’re thinking of themselves, and their own families, because they have the means to pay for care. Most Americans aren’t so fortunate. The GOP’s barebones America would leave millions behind, and that’s the way they like it.” -Sarah Jones
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    We need more guns! Every man woman and child should carry one even two with high cap magazines.
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    This is not the federal government’s job.
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    What a freaking joke.... Our lawmakers couldn't prevent the insurrection that occurred on Jan. 6th, which was incited by the disgraced twice impeached lowlife that formerly resided in the White House. So, tell me how the hell are they going to prevent violence in other work places????? Case in point, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brandon-hole-police-chief-red-flag-laws-two-semiautomatic_n_607ba489e4b09614f9b700c1 THE FBI COULDN'T PREVENT THE PIECE OF GARBAGE THAT WENT ON A RAMPAGE AT FEDEX. THEY DIDN'T PREVENT THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE FROM PURCHASING TWO RIFLES, IN SPITE OF THE "RED FLAG WARNING".... How about enforcing the current laws instead of creating more you can't even enforce???? How about closing the loopholes that allow scum like this from getting their hands on guns???? The FBI was warned a year ago by his mother that he was dangerous, but did anyone listen or care???? We have so many laws on the books that aren't enforced and every day more and more mass shootings are occurring. When is it going to stop?????
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    Yet another frivolous way to spend the people’s money on something that cannot help anyone.
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    No, this should be in the oversight of the state and city where the business is. The federal government has too much to keep up with and many issues would never get the appropriate attention needed in a timely manner.
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    I believe violence in the workplace should be illegal with serious consequences for it taking place...oh wait, it IS illegal already. Seriously, do we need to waste valuable legislative time on something that is already protected? This isn't as much about disagreeing with the sentiment of the bill as it is to state that there are FAR more important and pressing issues that we should be prioritizing.
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    Will this include installation of an escalator to board Air Force One?
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