Agency asks for comments on need for workplace violence rulemaking

Rate of violence ‘substantially higher’ in healthcare, social assistance settings

Posted December 8, 2016

Should OSHA propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings? The Agency issued a Request for Information (RFI) asking for feedback on that question. In addition, OSHA scheduled a public meeting for January 10, 2017, in Washington D.C. to discuss strategies for reducing the incidence of violence in these workplaces. The public meeting will allow workers, employers, and other stakeholders the chance to describe their experiences with workplace violence.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently recommended that OSHA assess the need for a rulemaking to address violence against employees providing healthcare and social assistance services. A GAO report found the rate of violence against these employees is substantially higher than private industry as a whole. In response to GAO’s request, OSHA’s RFI seeks more information on the extent and nature of workplace violence in the industry and effective and feasible methods to prevent it.

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