Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting

Dan Hartley, EdD; Marilyn Ridenour, BSN, MBA, MPH


September 13, 2011

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Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies

To prevent violence in the healthcare setting, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends employee involvement that includes, at a minimum:

  • Understanding and complying with employer workplace violence prevention programs and other on-site safety and security measures;

  • Participating in employee complaint or suggestion procedures covering safety and security concerns;

  • Reporting violent incidents promptly and accurately;

  • Participating in safety and health committees that receive reports of violent incidents or security problems; and

  • Taking part in training that covers early recognition and appropriate responses to potentially violent behavior, increasing levels of agitation, assaultive behavior, and criminal activity.[16]


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