On January 8, following an outbreak of violence at the U.S. Capitol, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) called for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to establish a safety standard for workplace violence prevention.
While workplace violence can happen in any industry or occupation, healthcare and social services workers face a high risk of job-related violence. Workplace assaults ranged from 23,540 and 25,630 annually over a 3-year period, and 70% to 74% of those occurred in healthcare and social services settings.
When we think of workplace violence, we far too often think about physical violence, which is the end point in a series of events. This isn’t overly surprising, given the visceral visibility of violent actions. The problem is, when we focus on the physical violence, we tend to forget about the events that either lead […]
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in our sister publication, Patient Safety Monitor Journal. The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IAHSS) in August 2017 released a report to address strategies to prevent workplace violence in healthcare. Those familiar with the healthcare industry won’t be surprised by its conclusion: Healthcare facilities need […]
With more than 2,000 estimated growing facilities in the U.S., and with 5 times more employees than the coal industry, the cannabis (Marijuana) business is booming. Thirty-four states, along with the District of Columbia (D.C.), have medical marijuana statutes on the books. In addition, 10 states and D.C. have also approved it for recreational use, […]
An unfortunate emerging issue for employers is the rise of workplace shootings. Even courts and judges have taken note in their judicial opinions that workplace violence is increasing. Of course, employees may be exposed to different degrees of violence at work. Workplace shootings are on the extreme end of the spectrum.
Preparedness is prevention when it comes to injuries, but unfortunately not every company has proven itself up to the task. Read on to see how one company dropped the ball in more ways than one so that you can avoid making the same mistakes at your facility.
Consider for a moment, what’s your worst-case scenario? Fire? Explosion? Flood? If you’re just thinking of the disaster itself, you’re not thinking broadly enough: the true worst-case scenario is a disaster for which your facility and your workers are completely unprepared.
It’s September, which means that National Preparedness Month (NPM) is in full swing. The National Safety Council (NSC) uses this time to generate awareness of how you can prepare yourselves and families for any disaster that could impact your businesses, homes, and communities. The NPM theme for the month is Prepared, Not Scared.
As we have been inundated with media coverage of mass shootings, the public at large has been polarized in its response. However, the efforts to protect employees cannot stall due to polarized ideas to stem the tide. The root causes and sources of the violence are varied, no single or simple prevention or mitigation strategy […]