Health Care Facilities Must Develop Workplace Violence Prevention Program

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A new Illinois law taking effect on Jan. 1 requires retail health care facilities, hospitals and veterans’ homes to create a workplace violence prevision program complying with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In addition, the Illinois Health Care Violence Prevention Act requires each such facility to:

  • Do a worksite analysis and identification of potential hazards
  • Focus on hazard prevention and control
  • Conduct safety and health training
  • Post anti-violence notices
  • Foster management commitment and worker participation, specifically including nurses

Health care workers who contact law enforcement or file a police report because of workplace violence must notify management within three days.