The Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled a new Web page developed to provide employers and workers with strategies and tools to prevent workplace violence in health care settings, according to H&HN sister publication Health Facilities Management.
The Web page, part of OSHA's Worker Safety in Hospitals website, complements the updated Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, published earlier this year. The new Web page includes real-life examples from health care organizations that have incorporated successful workplace violence prevention programs, and models of how a workplace violence-prevention program can complement and enhance an organization's strategies for compliance and a culture of safety.
"Too many health care workers face threats and physical violence on the job while caring for our loved ones," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. "It is not right that these valuable workers continue to be injured and sometimes killed on the job. Most of these injuries are preventable, and OSHA is providing these resources to help combat these incidents and raise awareness that violence does not need to be part of the job."