Phillips-Hill’s proposal to protect health care workers advances out of House, goes to governor

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation on Tuesday that would improve safeguards for medical professionals in the workplace, according to the bill’s prime sponsor, Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

Under Phillips-Hill’s Senate Bill 842, the last name of an employee would not be required to appear on photo identification badges worn by medical professionals in healthcare facilities.

“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.”

The legislation will head to Governor Wolf’s desk for his signature.