Workplace Violence Prevention
According to Time magazine, “data shows American health care workers now suffer more nonfatal injuries from workplace violence than workers in any other profession, including law enforcement.” (Time, August 7, 2023)
The following statistics illustrate the severity of this crisis (Healthcare Finance, June 2023):
- 40% of healthcare workers have experienced at least one incident of workplace violence within the past two years.
- 60% of healthcare workers who experienced violence identified themselves as bedside nurses.
- 34% of those nurses reported emotional or verbal violence.
- 66% experienced physical or sexual violence. Survey respondents who provided details:
- 51% said they dealt with a combative patient.
- 62% of respondents endured scratching, biting and hitting while dealing with a combative patient
- 21% said the patient threw objects
- 14% indicated sexual assault or harassment
Protect Hospital Caregivers from Workplace Violence
Violence against hospital workers has been on the rise for some time but has significantly accelerated since the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care professionals keep all of us safe. We need to return the favor. Violence against health care workers is never acceptable. (2023)
AVADE® Workplace Violence Prevention Training
“AVADE is an awesome experience. AVADE – The future of healthcare workplace violence prevention.”
“AVADE is great and comprehensive. It was born out of healthcare and is tailored to healthcare. That is what makes it stand apart from the rest.”
“AVADE is real world violence education, prevention and mitigation and not just in the workplaces but in the life places!”
“AVADE is great! Every nurse should have this training!”
“David and Genelle are the greatest teachers I’ve ever worked with. Their teaching keeps you completely immersed in all aspects of the class. Their passion and drive to keep staff, patients and everyday people safe is contagious. I can’t wait to come back.”
“AVADE training is a game changer. It will change the entire culture of your facility.”
“I have experienced several de-escalation programs. This (AVADE) is by far the best.”
Jenni, Behavioral Health Unit Manager, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
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American Organization for Nursing Leadership
An American Nurses Association study found that over a three-year period, 25 percent of surveyed registered nurses and nursing students reported being physically assaulted by a patient or a patient’s family member. 93% of all assaults come from patients or customers. Healthcare systems need to protect their staff. UCHealth developed a course that educated frontline staff on de-escalation techniques. During the measurement period following the deployment of the course, they have seen a 34% decrease in workplace violence. Now you can equip your staff with tools to recognize, report and de-escalate potential or actual threats of workplace violence.
The Hospitals Against Violence Initiative (HAV) is sharing examples and best practices with the field, with a particular emphasis on youth violence prevention, workplace violence prevention and combatting human trafficking.
- OSHA Alliance Resources
- Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Tools & Resources
- Health Care Workplace Violence
- OSHA Enforcement
- OSHA Guidance
- OSHA Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers (PDF)
The Guidelines describe the five components of an effective workplace violence prevention program, with extensive examples.
- Workplace Violence Safety and Health TOPICS
- Health Care Wide Hazards: Workplace Violence – This is a set of OSHA eTools for the hospital setting. It contains a variety of health care setting specific sections.
- Hospital eTool Workplace Violence Checklist – This is an example of a checklist that an employer might use or modify to help identify potential workplace violence problems.
- Hospital eTool Workplace Violence Incident Report Form – This is an example of a form which an employer might use or modify to help report a potential workplace violence problem.
- Violence on the Job
This video discusses practical measures for identifying risk factors for violence at work, and taking strategic action to keep employees safe.
- R3 Report: Requirement, Rationale, Reference – Workplace Violence Prevention Standards
- NIOSH on EMS Workers
- NIOSH on Hazardous Drug Exposures in Health Care
- NIOSH on Health and Safety Practices of Health Care Workers
- NIOSH on Health Care Workers
- NIOSH on Occupational Violence
- NIOSH on Stress at Work
- Workplace Violence Prevention Resources
- The Joint Commission’s New and Revised Workplace Violence Prevention Standards for Hospitals: A Major Step Forward Toward Improved Quality and Safety
- Workplace Violence Training Programs for Health Care Workers: An Analysis of Program Elements (SAGE Journals)
- Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting (FBI.gov)
- What to Do If There’s an Active Shooter at Your Healthcare Facility (Nurses Service Organization)
- Workplace Violence: Hospitals (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
- Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism Toolkit (US Office for Victims of Crime)