Health care worker safety measure approved by Senate

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously approved Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill’s (R-York) legislation today to better protect health care practitioners.

The bill would eliminate a state requirement for photo identification badges in health care facilities to include the employee’s last name. In the past, dangerous individuals have used this information to harass and assault health care practitioners both inside and outside the workplace.

“Employee safety is critical, especially in an industry like health care, where we are seeing more and more cases of workplace violence occurring,” Phillips-Hill said. “Serious workplace violence is four times more likely to occur in a health care setting than in private industry. This legislation will provide better safeguards and protections for men and women who work in the health care industry.”

Senate Bill 842 now moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration.

You can watch Senator Phillips-Hill’s comments here.

You can listen to Senator Phillips-Hill’s comments here.