OSHA Updates for Preventing Workplace Violence
In 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 70 percent of injuries caused from assault at work were in healthcare and social service settings. We’re talking roughly 16,000 workplace violence incidents. Sadly, this continues to remain an issue for several healthcare facilities, not for profits and social service organizations nationwide.
In an effort to reduce this risk, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers. This piece highlights industry best practices and effective ways of minimizing the risk of violence in various healthcare and social service environments. The revised guidelines include research from the past ten years on the causes of workplace violence, risk factors that accompany working with patients or clients and appropriate preventative measures.
To remain compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, as an employer, you’re responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for your employees. To ensure compliance, utilize these guidelines and watch our webinar recording for tips on reducing your exposure to workplace violence. Got questions? Contact an ‘A’ Team member.
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