January 24, 2023

OSHA ponders workplace violence protections for senior living

McKnight Senior Living

A rule to address workplace violence in assisted living communities and some other long-term care and healthcare settings is under consideration by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The agency is preparing a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel to develop a rule about Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social Assistance, and that panel is scheduled to meet March 1. A final report would be released by May 1.

The Small Business Administration is seeking representatives from small businesses and small non-profit organizations from sectors subject to the rule to help review materials and analyses. In addition to residential care communities, the rule would apply to home healthcare agencies, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, residential behavioral health facilities and other settings, according to OSHA. 

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