Workplace violence: It’s not just in the ER

By: November 17th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

Violence in the ER is a hot topic that continues to concern hospital safety and security officials. Recently, nurses in Massachusetts have expressed frustration over going to work fearful of being assaulted.

Although ER nurses and doctors certainly face an escalated risk, violence is not just limited to the hospital. OSHA has workplace violence prevention guidelines that apply to all healthcare settings.

OSHA recommends implementing a violence prevention program, while also tracking workplace violence statistics in their facility in order to make adjustments if necessary.

Visit the Tools page for Violence in the Workplace: Safety Tips for Healthcare Workers, which outlines aggressive signals to watch for and ways to diffuse a violent situation.

Have you experienced violence in your facility? What have you done to assure employees feel safe at work? Let us know in the space below.


By Nick Fishman on November 18th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Workplace violence is a serious issue. However, it is one that mitigated by adopting some best practice policies. One such practice is conducting a background check on job applicants before they are hired. If the applicant shows a propensity for violence through past criminal behavior or has demonstrated such behavior at a previous job, a background check might cause you to move on to the next applicant.


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