Weekly poll: Workplace violence prevention standard

By: July 26th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The blog post, “Hospital slapped for with workplace violence citation,” drew lots of visits and good comments showing keen interest in the topic. OSHA currently does not have a workplace violence prevention standard, relying instead on enforcement through the General Duty clause of the OSH Act. Should OSHA promulgate a workplace violence prevention standard or are current enforcement measures adequate? Record you opinion in the poll below.

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By Irl Young on July 27th, 2010 at 8:14 am

Something needs to be done. Violence is becoming more prevalent in health care, and the present system in not working. There are “no tolerance” policies in palce, but the policies are not being enforced. Health care employees should not be expected to accept violence as just part of the job. A specific standard may be a step in the right direction.

I’d like to hear the preventive measures OSHA suggests for reducing workplace violence and protecting workers during violent incidents.

By David LaHoda on July 27th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

A good OSHA resource for workplace violence prevention programs is Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care & Social Service Workers.

Also, HCPro’s Basic OSHA Compliance Manual Kits for medical and dental practices have sections on developing workplace violence prevention programs.

The general duty clause is adequate. A new/specific standard will not bring an increase to more enforcement. If facilities are following OSHA guidelines in general, they should have more than just a “no tolerance” policy in place. Perhaps education may be needed that this would fall under the general duty clause is more of what is needed, not a specific standard.

By David LaHoda on July 28th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Just to clarify. OSHA general duty clause violations are for infractions after-the-fact, in other words for incidents that already happened. A workplace violence prevention standard would allow for citations before an incident occurred, hopefully before a healthcare worker was injured.


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