Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities   [open pdf - 1MB]

From About This Road Map: "OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] has developed this resource to assist healthcare employers and employees interested in establishing a workplace violence prevention program or strengthening an existing program. This road map is related to another OSHA publication called 'Guidelines for Prevention of Violence in Healthcare' - available at www.osha.gov/SLTC/ workplaceviolence - which introduces the five building blocks and offers recommendations on developing effective policies and procedures. Like the guidelines, this road map describes the five core components of a workplace violence prevention program. In addition, this road map is intended to complement OSHA's guidelines by providing real-world examples of how healthcare facilities have put workplace violence policies and procedures into practice. Examples have been drawn from about a dozen healthcare organizations nationwide, representing a range of facility types, sizes, geographic settings, and approaches to addressing workplace violence. Facilities profiled here include several privately run acute care hospitals, private and state-run behavioral health facilities, and a group of nursing homes. These facilities have agreed to share their successful models, tools, and 'lessons learned' to help inform and inspire others. OSHA obtained some of the examples in this road map from published sources, but obtained most of the information from the facilities themselves through site visits, meetings, and interviews. OSHA appreciates the time and knowledge the facilities shared. In deciding what information to use, OSHA highlighted selected components of each facility's program. All facilities acknowledged that their violence prevention programs were 'in progress' and that 'continuous improvement' is an important goal."

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Listed on December 23, 2015 [Critical Releases]