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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2101        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1963

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sean Garballey

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act promoting health through workplace safety for social workers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2101        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1963

By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1963) of Sean Garballey and others relative to promoting workplace safety for social workers.  Public Health. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 4254 OF 2011-2012.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act promoting health through workplace safety for social workers.

 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 16S the following section:- 

              Section 16T. The executive office of health and human services shall by regulation require that programs providing direct services to clients and operated by or licensed, certified, or funded by a department or division of the executive office of health and human services establish a workplace violence prevention and crisis response plan for social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees.

              Programs shall assess and annually review factors that may put social workers, human services  workers, volunteers, and all other employees at risk of workplace violence. Factors shall include, but need not be limited to working outside normal business hours; working alone; working with people in crisis; and working with people with known histories of violent behavior.

              Based on the assessment and subsequent annual review, the program shall: (a) establish a system  for centrally recording all incidents of workplace violence or threats of workplace violence against social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees; (b) prepare a written violence prevention and crisis response plan that includes measures the program intends to take to respond to any incident of workplace violence against social workers, human services workers, volunteers and all other employees; (c) provide each employee with a copy of the violence prevention and crisis response plan; (d) implement training to educate social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees about workplace violence and ways to reduce risks; and (e) develop and maintain a violence prevention and response team to monitor ongoing compliance with the violence prevention and crisis response plan and to assist any social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees victimized by or threatened with workplace violence.

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