Members of the House of Representatives recently introduced legislation that would require the Department of Labor to promulgate a standard addressing workplace violence in the healthcare and social service industries. Under the bill, the standard would need to include requirements for employers in the healthcare and social service industries to develop comprehensive plans protecting workers from violence, investigate workplace violence incidents, provide training to employees, and prohibit acts of retaliation against an employee who reports violence or threats. Our colleagues in the Workplace Safety and Health practice group discuss the House Appropriations Committee’s concern that OSHA is failing to move forward to develop and issue needed standards on major safety and health problems. You can read more about it here.