Support Social workers and Medical workers: Pass Workplace Violence Prevention Act HR1195

Support Social workers and Medical workers: Pass Workplace Violence Prevention Act HR1195

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Antoinette P started this petition to Senator Charles E. Schumer and

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Client violence on social service workers and medical practitioners is defined as the service provider who is at risk of being harmed or is harmed. These are the unfortunate risks we face while providing mental health services, medical services or social services to individuals/families in need. This issue is being highlighted because client violence receives very little recognition as one of the risks of these helping professions.

  • OSHA was implemented as an appropriate solution that enforces the proper safety procedures, education, trainings and standards that all organizations/ occupational sites are mandated to adhere. However, during an extensive review of OSHA, it seems to have broad standards that neglect enforceable procedures on client violence towards social workers or mental health practitioners.
  • HR1195 requires OSHA to enforce workplace prevention procedures to appropriately handle client violence. That includes required security measures or procedures of training. Implementing security equipment and panic buttons. An alliance with Law enforcement, incident investigations and effective record keeping of incident reports. Also, provides protections from retaliation for reporting violent incidents. HR1195 has passed the house of representatives April 16, 2021.
  • According to US Department of Labor, in 2010, health care and social service workers were victims of approximately 11,370 assaults, rising 13% from 2009. 

  • I am asking for your voice to help pass this policy. Many social service workers and medical health workers have suffered from psychological trauma and physical trauma while providing services to help communities.  
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