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Bill aimed at safety of health care workers passes House

A bill that would create federal standards aimed at preventing violence against health care and social service workers passed the House on a 251-159 vote and now moves on the Senate, where it faces a stiffer test. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Services Workers Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., would require new standards to be developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and also would direct employers to develop workplace violence prevention plans.

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