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Workplace violence: It’s not just in the ER

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 [1].

Although ER nurses and doctors certainly face an escalated risk, violence is not just limited to the hospital. OSHA has workplace violence prevention guidelines [2] 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 [3] 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.