A free 60-minute webinar on preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings is available from The Joint Commission.

The webinar includes an overview of OSHA’s Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers (see below) and a discussion of a multi-hospital intervention study that reduced violent events.

The Joint Commission is a long-standing OSHA national alliance partner.

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Workplace Violence Pervasive

According to the National Safety Council, every year, 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence, and homicides in the workplace increased 19.9% in 2016 from 2015, now totaling 500 deaths.

Managers and safety professionals at every workplace should develop a policy on violence, says the NSC.

That includes employee training, creating an emergency action plan, conducting mock training exercises with local law enforcement, and adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence.