Protecting Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence: Updated OSHA Guidelines (Pt. 1)

April 10, 2015

More than 70 percent of assaults that occur in workplaces impact healthcare and social service workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This makes healthcare and social service workers nearly four times as likely to be hurt by workplace violence than the average worker in the private sector.

Highlighting these facts, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just announced that it has updated its guidelines for protecting these workers from workplace violence. As part of these updates, OSHA has presented industry best practices, as well as highlighting the most effective ways of preventing “violence in various healthcare and social services settings,” according to the press release.

Given that 70 percent of workplace assaults impact healthcare workers, OSHA has recently updated its guidelines for protecting these workers against workplace violence. Here’s a look at these updates.

Given that 70 percent of workplace assaults impact healthcare workers, OSHA has recently updated its guidelines for protecting these workers against workplace violence. Here’s a look at these updates.

Commenting on the updated OSHA guidelines, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, explained:

It is unacceptable that the people who dedicate their lives to caring for our loved ones often work in fear of injury or death…This updated booklet will help employers implement effective measures to reduce or eliminate workplace violence hazards.

In light of our recent blog series about hospital workplace injuries, in this series, we will point out some of the most notable updates OSHA has made to its publication, Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers. These updates all pertain to employer programs for violence prevention.

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A Look at OSHA’s Updated Guidelines for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs

To reduce or eliminate the overall risk of workplace violence to healthcare and social service workers (and others), OSHA recommends that employers update their workplace violence prevention programs to include the following:

  • Management commitment & employee participation – This should involve delegating management to oversee the development, rollout and maintenance of workplace violence prevention programs.

    Additionally, OSHA has noted that this aspect should include recourse for making workers accountable for being involved (or not involved) with these programs; specific, well-known procedures for reporting and documenting reports of workplace violence; and policies to ensure that those who have reported incidents of workplace violence will not be the targets of retribution.

  • Workplace analyses – This component of workplace violence prevention programs should provide for the in-depth assessment of a given workplace to pinpoint its potential risks and/or hazards that may contribute to violence.

    OSHA also recommends that these analyses include “a records review, a review of the procedures and operations for different jobs, employee surveys and workplace security analyses.

For our continued discussion regarding OSHA’s updated guidelines for protecting healthcare workers against workplace violence, be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog series.

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