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house Bill H.R. 1309

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

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 under the Trump administration. In the absence of rulemaking momentum at OSHA, Congress needs to step in to legislate on this issue.

jimK's Opinion
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11/21/2019
While hospitals may have procedures in place, most nursing homes that I know of, do not. Particularly, night shift nurses and aids who deal with large resident populations and minimal staffing. Some of the residents can become quite physical and abusive. I am sure there are similar concerns for home health care workers and welfare workers. I think that recognizing this as a problem and taking reasonable steps protect these workers is warranted despite the fact that it may not be as profitable for their employers.
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Kari's Opinion
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07/29/2019
Urging Congress to support this basic safety measure for healthcare workers!
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Robert 's Opinion
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11/18/2019
Anytime in this new chaotic world we should take every reasonable effort to make sure we have measures in place to care for employees at all facilities with in reason !
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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 its members are key stakeholders in this issue.

William 's Opinion
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11/21/2019
I view this as a local authority problem not a federal issue.
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Gerry's Opinion
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11/21/2019
No more government rule. States. Cities. Towns. Employers. Police.
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JTJ's Opinion
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11/21/2019
This is not the job of the federal government. Passing a balanced budget is.
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    While hospitals may have procedures in place, most nursing homes that I know of, do not. Particularly, night shift nurses and aids who deal with large resident populations and minimal staffing. Some of the residents can become quite physical and abusive. I am sure there are similar concerns for home health care workers and welfare workers. I think that recognizing this as a problem and taking reasonable steps protect these workers is warranted despite the fact that it may not be as profitable for their employers.
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    I view this as a local authority problem not a federal issue.
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    Urging Congress to support this basic safety measure for healthcare workers!
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    No more government rule. States. Cities. Towns. Employers. Police.
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    Anytime in this new chaotic world we should take every reasonable effort to make sure we have measures in place to care for employees at all facilities with in reason !
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    Healthcare workers and providers are increasingly at the frontline dealing with violence from those in their care. A federal standard guideline and reporting could be a huge step
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    After a career in education, I can tell you that I support Federal legislation to protect workers from violence.
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    Restore OSHA.
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    Workers need to feel safe on the job to do their best work. I think there should be a federal minimum standard for providing this safety to all workers in all jobs, not just manufacturing or healthcare. I support this effort.
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    This is not the job of the federal government. Passing a balanced budget is.
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    Workplace violence against health care and social service workers continues to threaten those who dedicate their lives to caring for others.
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    I have personally heard threats against healthcare workers. Some were not directed at me, some were directed at the administration or the medical administration. The typical threats came from scared, emotional, responses to new diagnoses and having “a me first, me now, and its your fault” from people who almost never came in to the office for care. I do agree that there should be more education for patients then there is now on this subject. I think those that are upset, think it’s fine to make threats in an effort to get their agenda front and center. It is not fine. Decreasing escalation of anger is key. Treats are disruptive, scary, and unsettling to those other patients and healthcare workers listening to rants and threats. The violence certainly needs to be addressed but threats of violence should also be discussed. These Threats, which some may say are benign, are not benign. Hospitals do have work place violence rules, that all hospital workers need to review annually and respect. Patients and families fall outside of those rules, somehow I don’t think they have an understanding on how wrong it is to abuse healthcare workers who work many long hours a day on their behalf.
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    Even if this action does not immediately improve the working environment of these disproportionately affected employees, the violent incident logs will create a data trail to help larger oversight organizations recognize where and when the most violence is occurring, allowing them to focus on solutions in those places, using data to drive decisions.
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    A social worker was attacked by a resident in a nursing/rehab facility in which I was treated and not compensated with treatment, reimbursement or time off for recovery.
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    Zero tolerance is a good place to start.
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    OSHA needs updated regulatory powers
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    As with things like medicine or aviation, some things need to have federal regulations, and then allow states to implement those regulations according to demographics.
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    With the current world situation everything within reason should be done to protect workers in the healthcare and social services industry.
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    This is the job of government. Would we better rely on private industry? I think not.
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    Despite proclamations at the Business Round Table this past Sept by dozens of corporate letters saying that profits are not EVERYTHING that matters, those words carried no weight or law behind them. Profit making is still the essential measuring rod of value. Therefore, they will continue to do all that is possible to increase those profits. Speeding up lines, quotas, etc. are some amongst those theoretical means to get more labor out of each dollar as it were. Such practices have ill and long term affects. Remind corporations that they have said that they want to support the environment and their communities. That means insuring the health, safety and communities of their workplace. If such standards are a norm, then no one company is at a lesser competitive advantage...."Gotta do what you gotta do" and maybe also their doing the humane and kind thing will help bring their proclamations into practice.
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