(405 ILCS 90/15)
Workplace violence plan.
(a) By July 1, 2007 (in the case of a health care workplace participating in the pilot project under Section 35) or July 1, 2008 (in the case of health care workplaces not participating in the pilot project), every health care workplace must adopt and implement a plan to reasonably prevent and protect employees from violence at that setting. The plan must address security considerations related to the following items, as appropriate to the particular workplace, based on the hazards identified in the assessment required under subsection (b):
(1) The physical attributes of the health care
(2) Staffing, including security staffing.
(3) Personnel policies.
(4) First aid and emergency procedures.
(5) The reporting of violent acts.
(6) Employee education and training.
(b) Before adopting the plan required under subsection (a), a health care workplace must conduct a security and safety assessment to identify existing or potential hazards for violence and determine the appropriate preventive action to be taken. The assessment must include, but need not be limited to, a measure of the frequency of, and an identification of the causes for and consequences of, violent acts at the workplace during at least the preceding 5 years or for the years for which records are available.
(c) In adopting the plan required by subsection (a), a health care workplace may consider any guidelines on violence in the workplace or in health care workplaces issued by the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Medicare, and health care workplace accrediting organizations.
(d) It is the intent of the General Assembly that any violence protection and prevention plan developed under this Act be appropriate to the setting in which it is to be implemented. To that end, the General Assembly recognizes that not all health care services are provided in a facility or other formal setting. Many health care services are provided in other, less formal settings. The General Assembly finds that it may be inappropriate and impractical for all health care workplaces to address workplace violence in the same manner. When enforcing this Act, the Department shall allow a health care workplace sufficient flexibility in recognition of the unique circumstances in which the health care workplace may deliver services.
(e) Promptly after adopting a plan under subsection (a), a health care workplace must file a copy of its plan with the Department. The Department shall then forward a copy of the plan to the appropriate responsible agency.
(f) A health care workplace must review its plan at least once every 3 years and must report each such review to the Department, together with any changes to the plan adopted by the health care workplace. If a health care workplace does not adopt any changes to its plan in response to such a review, it must report that fact to the Department. A health care workplace must promptly report to the Department all changes to the health care workplace's plan, regardless of whether those changes were adopted in response to a periodic review required under this subsection. The Department shall then forward a copy of the review report and changes, if any, to the appropriate responsible agency.
(g) A health care workplace that is required to submit written documentation of active safety and violence prevention plans to comply with national accreditation standards shall be deemed to be in compliance with subsections (a), (b), (c), and (f) of this Section when the health care workplace forwards a copy of that documentation to the Department.
(Source: P.A. 94-347, eff. 7-28-05.)