SB 533
Requires hospitals to adopt workplace violence prevention plans
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Last Action:
2/12/2020 - Hearing Conducted S Health and Pensions Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2020

Current Bill Summary

SB 533 - This act requires a licensed hospital, not including a Department of Mental Health state-operated psychiatric hospital, to adopt a workplace violence prevention plan by August 28, 2021, that is designed to protect health care employees and other hospital personnel from aggressive and violent behavior. The hospital shall file the plan with the Department of Health and Senior Services upon adoption.

A hospital with a workplace violence prevention plan shall not intentionally prevent an employee from, or take punitive or retaliatory action against an employee for, seeking assistance from local emergency services or law enforcement when a violent incident occurs. A hospital shall maintain a written record of any violent incident against a hospital employee for five years, and shall report such incidents to the Department within 24 to 72 hours following the incident, as described in the act.

By January 1, 2022, and annually thereafter, the Department shall make a report to the Governor and General Assembly, while protecting patient and employee confidentiality, of information on violent incidents at hospitals, including the total number of reports, the specific hospitals that filed such reports, the outcome of any relating investigations, the citations or penalties levied against a hospital based on a violent incident, and any recommendations of the Department on the prevention of violent incidents at hospitals.

This act is substantially similar to SB 390 (2019).



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