04/14/2015

New Guidance on Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers

The US-American Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more than 23,000
significant injuries in 2013 occurred due to assaults in the workplace, 70
percent of which were in healthcare and social service settings. To reduce that
risk, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its
"Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service
Workers." The publication includes industry best practices and highlights the
most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in various healthcare and
social service settings, where workers are almost four times more likely to
suffer violence than the average private sector worker. "It is unacceptable
that the people who dedicate their lives to caring for our loved ones often
work in fear of injury or death," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "This updated booklet will
help employers implement effective measures to reduce or eliminate workplace
violence hazards."

OSHA's updated violence prevention guidelines include industry best practices
and incorporate the most effective way to reduce the risk of violence in a
range of healthcare and social service settings.


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