- According to a 2010 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost 60% of violent acts in the workplace occur in the health care setting.
- According to a 2011 BLS study, the average healthcare and social assistance worker needed a median of six required days from work after an assault.
- 80 percent of healthcare assault victims are women.
- In order to address this problem, at least 11 other states have passed legislation that addresses workplace violence in the health care setting (New York and New Jersey, are two examples).
- Maryland has no laws on the books that address the problem of workplace violence in health care.
Currently, Federal law (OSHA) only requires employers to file a report of an injury or illness in cases of:
- Loss of consciousness
- Days away from work
- Restricted work activity or job transfer
- Medical treatment beyond first aid
Employers only have to contact MOSH directly in cases of death, or if at least three people are hospitalized at once.
The Safe Care Act
Our bill presents preventative, employer-based solutions to workplace violence. This bill gives facilities the versatility to set their own workplace violence policies. There are four core pillars to the bill (all of which have been promoted by OSHA as solutions to workplace violence):
- An annual comprehensive violence risk assessment and constant recordkeeping
- Workplace violence prevention committees
- Annual violence prevention training and education
- A post-incident response system