Massachusetts Governor Signs Social Worker Safety Bill

The new law requires direct services providers that receive funding from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to provide workplace violence prevention and crisis response plans.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's office announced he has signed the Social Work Safety in the Workforce bill, which requires all direct services providers that receive funding from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide workplace violence prevention and crisis response plans. The bill was originally signed into law on Feb. 15, 2013, as part of the FY13 Supplemental Budget.

"This legislation offers vital safety protections to human service employees and social workers," said State Sen. Sal DiDomenico. "While it will not ameliorate the sorrow and suffering of previous tragedies that have occurred in the past, it will bring us closer to ensuring the safety of those workers who take care of our most vulnerable populations. I have to thank NASW for their leadership on this issue, Representative Sean Garballey for his partnership on this bill, and my colleagues in the Senate for their tremendous support, including Senate President Therese Murray."

NASW is the National Association of Social Workers, an organization with almost 145,000 members. NASW announced March 7 that Anthony "Angelo" McClain, Ph.D., LICSW, has been named its new CEO. McClain joined NASW after serving six years as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

"Today marks a major advancement for the social work profession,” said Carol Trust, executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of NASW. “With the signing today of the social work safety in the workplace bill, Governor Patrick and the entire legislature have demonstrated their commitment to the profession and also to the clients and communities served by social workers."

"Developing safety policies for social workers is important on so many levels, and I am very pleased with the passage of this bill," said State Rep. Thomas Stanley. "The legislation not only creates a critical environment of safety for our social workers, but also helps reduce staff burnout and improves employee retention." The law requires violence prevention and crisis response plans to be updated at least annually for social workers, human services workers, volunteers, and all other employees.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark CP

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2020

    October 2020


      EHS Compliance: Make it Personal
      Choosing the Right Safety Shoe for Your Industry
      A Requirements Checklists for Work Safety Gloves
      Contemporary Issues in HSE Management
    View This Issue