Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a groundbreaking federal bill to protect health care and social service workers from extremely high rates of workplace violence—H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, authored by Rep. Joe Courtney.
The bill passed with strong bipartisan support and would set the highest standards yet for protecting workers in these industries from violence on the job. National Nurses United endorsed the bill. This legislation follows the adoption by California OSHA of the first workplace violence standard for health care workers, which was the result of state legislation sponsored by the California Nurses Association / National Nurses United.