Valerie Butera Quoted in “OSHA Updates Guidelines on Workplace Violence in Health Care”SHRM.org April 17, 2015
Valerie Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted by SHRM.org, in “OSHA Updates Guidelines on Workplace Violence in Health Care,” by Roy Maurer.
Following is an excerpt:
“Although there is no formal OSHA standard regarding workplace violence, the agency has invested significant resources into providing health care and social service employers with an all-encompassing set of guidelines to enable these employers to create high-quality workplace violence prevention programs,” said Valerie Butera, a labor and employment attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Epstein Becker Green. OSHA has already announced that it intends to increase enforcement efforts in these industries, she added. “If OSHA conducts an inspection and finds that an employer’s workplace violence prevention program is lacking, the agency could issue the employer a citation under the general duty clause for failing to provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment.” …
“Health care and social service employers are well-advised to review OSHA’s new guidelines and to work closely with employees to develop a program appropriate for their worksites,” said Butera. “Taking this step will provide critically important protection for employees, increase employee engagement in safety and health efforts, and reduce the possibility of receiving a citation for an inadequate workplace violence prevention program.”