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Hospitals around the Country Support #HAVhope Friday

National day of awareness aims to end violence

June 04, 2021

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) joins organizations across the country highlighting efforts to combat violence in the workplace and in our communities.

Today, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other health care groups recognized the fifth annual Hospitals Against Violence day or #HAVhope Friday. The day of advocacy raises awareness about hospital efforts to foster safe work environments that protect patients and staff, as well as the communities we serve.

Violence is an important public health issue across health care. The health care and social service industries are five times as likely to suffer a workplace violence injury than workers overall, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. During 2018, 73 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses due to violence occurred in health care settings, the bureau reported.

HAP continues to support policies and legislation that promote safety and decrease workplace violence in health care settings. During 2020, Pennsylvania lawmakers approved two important HAP-supported workplace safety measures:

  • The Health Care Facilities Act allows health systems to omit the last names of medical employees from photo identification badges. This limits opportunities for harassment of employees and increases a sense of security in the workplace
  • Act 51 amended the crimes code to add all health care practitioners as a protected class in the event of an on-duty assault, and increased the penalty against the perpetrator

Across the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to follow workplace safety guidance and best practices from The Joint Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Hospitals prioritize safety through their policies and procedures, their safety management and staff education plans, and the leadership and guidance from their safety committees.

HAP is proud to support Pennsylvania’s health care workforce and will continue to advocate for policies that address workplace violence. Learn more about our efforts to protect our health care heroes.

More information and resources about the AHA’s #HAVhope campaign are available online.