The Department of Labor, Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a revised version of their Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers. It has been updated from OSHA’s 1996 and 2004 voluntary guidelines.
The new guidelines state that healthcare and social service workers face a significant risk of job-related violence. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that 27 out of 100 fatalities in healthcare and social service settings that occurred in 2013 were due to assaults and violent acts. Between 2011 and 2013, workplace assaults ranged from 23,540 and 25,630 annually, with 70 to 74% occurring in healthcare and social service settings.
The new 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 settings.
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