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Background

Every day social workers across this country provide a wide range of services in increasingly complex environments. Yet, the importance of social work safety is often overlooked.  In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's most recently published "Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care & Social Service Workers," 70-74 percent of workplace assaults occurred in the fields of health care and social services.

The bipartisan Social Worker Safety Act (H.R. 1484) was introduced to address these safety needs by:

  • Establishing a Social Worker Safety Grant Program within the Department of Health and Human Services to fund State's efforts to improve safety measures for social workers.
  • Allowing these grants to be used to purchase safety equipment, make facility improvements, facilitate safety training programs, provide support services for social workers who have been victims of violence, or track incident data to mitigate future offenses against social workers. 

Through this legislation, social workers, who have consistently been the frontline workers especially in times of crisis, will have the resources available for on-the-job safety measures that can protect against and help decrease incidence of violence to those in the social work profession.

 Action Requested

Ask your Representative to become a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Social Worker Safety Act (H.R. 1484).

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