SIGN ON: Prevent Workplace Violence Against Health Care Workers

Across the country, nurses report being punched, kicked, bitten, beaten, choked, and assaulted on the job — and some have even faced stabbings and shootings. Senator Tammy Baldwin reintroduced the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act on the Senate floor, bringing us that much closer to winning mandated workplace protections to keep nurses and other health care workers safe.

This critical bill would:

  • Address an epidemic of violence faced by workers in the health care and social assistance industry.
  • Require federal OSHA to create a federal workplace violence prevention standard mandating employers develop comprehensive, workplace-specific plans to prevent violence before it happens.
  • Cover a wide variety of workplaces, including hospitals, residential treatment facilities, non-residential treatment settings, medical treatment or social service settings in correctional or detention facilities, psychiatric treatment facilities, substance use disorder treatment centers, community care settings, federal health care facilities, and field work settings.
  • Set a quick timeline on implementation to ensure timely protection for health care workers.
  • Set minimum requirements for the standard and for employers’ workplace violence prevention plans.

We need you to use your voice in solidarity with nurses. Sign on to tell the Senate that they must pass this legislation to prevent workplace violence.