NV OSHA Issues A Workplace Violence Regulation For Medical Facilities
February 2, 2022
The 2019 Nevada Legislature passed AB 348 that required certain health care facilities to develop and maintain workplace violence plans and report incidents of workplace violence to the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NV OSHA). While this law originally applied only to hospitals and psychiatric hospitals, its scope was expanded on July 1, 2021, to include other medical facilities, specifically, agencies that provide nursing in the home, independent centers for emergency medical care, facilities for intermediate care, facilities for skilled nursing, facilities for modified medical detoxification, and community triage centers.
NV OSHA has now released a regulation regarding the law’s requirements. The regulation does the following: specifies the time periods in which a medical facility is required to report certain incidents of workplace violence to NV OSHA; establishes requirements for procedures in a medical facility’s plan for the prevention of, and response to, workplace violence; establishes requirements for certain measures to prevent or mitigate risks of workplace violence; and establishes requirements for a medical facility to maintain, record, and review a log of certain information relating to incidents of workplace violence.
Medical facilities covered by this law will want to carefully review this new regulation. Additionally, NV OSHA has created a Workplace Violence Resource web page where a medical facility can find an optional template for a Workplace Violence Log and other resources. KZA attorneys are available to assist you with these requirements.
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