Health Care Sector: Combating Workplace Violence
Workplace violence in the health care sector is on the rise, and health care providers and regulators such as The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are taking steps to combat the problem.
OSHA may soon consider federal standards aimed at reducing the high rate of workplace violence in the healthcare industry. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2013 there were 5,710 cases of violence in private hospitals alone.
The OSHA standards under consideration may be similar to those developed by Cal/OSHA and the National Institute for Industrial Safety and Health (NIOSH) and include further assessments of facility risks, training enhancements, and written prevention plans, among other measures.
Regardless of whether OSHA acts or not, health care employers can take several steps now to help protect their employees and patients — and stay ahead of regulators.