Recent Illinois Act Requires Health Care Providers to Institute Violence Prevention Measures

Health care providers and custodial agencies operating in Illinois are now subject to new obligations under the Health Care Violence Prevention Act (210 ILCS 160/1 et seq.)(“HCVPA”), which went into effect on January 1, 2019. The HCVPA, which was enacted in response to two 2017 incidents involving inmates who assaulted hospital nurses, seeks to reduce the growing rates of violence against health care workers. The HCVPA establishes both preventive and curative measures to protect health care workers. Health care providers are required to create an OSHA-compliant workplace violence prevention program. Each program must include: (1) descriptions of the four classifications of workplace violence under the HCVPA; (2) commitment by management and health care worker participation; (3) worksite analysis and identification of potential hazards; (4) hazard prevention and control; (5) safety and health training (with required hours determined by rule); and (6) recordkeeping…

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