Violence Against Healthcare Employees Act
The Act requires hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and home health care services to implement strategies to protect health care employees from acts of violence in the workplace. Among many provisions, the Act requires health care employers to:
- Conduct periodic security and safety assessments to identify existing or potential hazards for assaults committed against employees;
- Develop and implement an assault prevention and protection program for employees based on the assessments; and
- Provide assault prevention and protection training on a regular and ongoing basis for employees.
In addition, health care employers are required to maintain a record of assaults committed against employees on the premises of the health care employer or in the home of a patient receiving home health care services.
Status: Enacted into law in 2007.
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