On February 15, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation which charged EOHHS to promulgate regulations to address workplace violence prevention and crisis responses at provider agencies. In addition, this legislation designated EOHHS to develop and provide workplace safety training to state employees and community-based providers.
EOHHS recognizes that workplace violence threatens the health and safety of everyone in the workplace. As a result, the regulations have adopted broad definitions defining where and to whom this applies:
- Human Service Worker: any person who works for a program. This includes, but is not limited to employees, contracted employees, interns, and volunteers.
- Program: any entity operated, licensed, certified, or funded by a department, commission, office, board, division, institution, or other entity within EOHHS under M.G.L. c. 6A, § 16 that provides direct services to clients.
- Workplace: any location where business is conducted or site where a human service worker is considered “on duty.” Private vehicles used for business are included in 101 CMR 19.02: Workplace.
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