(405 ILCS 90/5)
The General Assembly finds as follows:
(1) Violence is an escalating problem in many health
care workplaces in this State and across the nation.
(2) The actual incidence of workplace violence in
health care workplaces, in particular, is likely to be greater than documented because of failure to report such incidents or failure to maintain records of incidents that are reported.
(3) Patients, visitors, and health care employees
should be assured a reasonably safe and secure environment in a health care workplace.
(4) Many health care workplaces have undertaken
efforts to ensure that patients, visitors, and employees are safe from violence, but additional personnel training and appropriate safeguards may be needed to prevent workplace violence and minimize the risk and dangers affecting people in connection with the delivery of health care.
(Source: P.A. 94-347, eff. 7-28-05.)