Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers   [open pdf - 5MB]

"Healthcare and social service workers face significant risks of job-related violence and it is OSHA's [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] mission to help employers address these serious hazards. This publication updates OSHA's 1996 and 2004 voluntary guidelines for preventing workplace violence for healthcare and social service workers. OSHA's violence prevention guidelines are based on industry best practices and feedback from stakeholders, and provide recommendations for developing policies and procedures to eliminate or reduce workplace violence in a range of healthcare and social service settings. These guidelines reflect the variations that exist in different settings and incorporate the latest and most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in the workplace. Workplace setting determines not only the types of hazards that exist, but also the measures that will be available and appropriate to reduce or eliminate workplace violence hazards. For the purpose of these guidelines, we have identified five different settings: [1] Hospital settings represent large institutional medical facilities; [2] Residential Treatment settings include institutional facilities such as nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities; [3] Non-residential Treatment/Service settings include small neighborhood clinics and mental health centers; [4] Community Care settings include community-based residential facilities and group homes; and [5] Field work settings include home healthcare workers or social workers who make home visits."

Report Number:
OSHA 3148-06R 2016
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration: https://www.osha.gov/
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