To Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings
Federal OSHA unveils a new webpage which includes strategies and tools to help prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. The new website complements previously published and updated guidelines (see OSHA’s Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers) and includes real-life examples of successful violence prevention programs. New strategies include management commitment; worker participation; worksite analysis; hazard identification, prevention, and control; safety and health training; record keeping; and program evaluation.
According to the article, healthcare incidents of serious workplace violence account for nearly as many serious violent injuries as all other industries combined – and most of these injuries are preventable. In an effort to combat these incidents, raise awareness, and help employers provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees, OSHA’s webpage provides hospital administrators with information on risk factors, costs and actions to manage the problem.
Meanwhile, here in California, we (SEIU Nurse Alliance of California and SEIU 121RN) are beginning the formal Rulemaking process with Cal/OSHA to create a comprehensive workplace violence prevention regulation covering all workers in the California healthcare industry (see post: Violence & Intimidation is not Part of the Job).
Mark Catlin, Health and Safety Director for SEIU IU, has been instrumental in helping SEIU Nurse Alliance of California and SEIU 121RN create language for the written standards.