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OSHA Releases Updated Workplace Violence Guidelines

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by Michael Bell on Feb 9, 2016

OSHA recently released new guidelines relating to workplace violence. Employees in the healthcare and social service industries face the biggest risk of job related violence over other professions. Employers should use these guidelines to develop appropriate workplace violence prevention programs.

Violence Can Include

  • Threatening behavior - such as shaking fists, destroying property, or throwing objects.
  • Verbal or written threats - any expression of intent to inflict harm.
  • Harassment - including words, gestures, intimidation, bullying, or other inappropriate activities.
  • Verbal abuse - swearing, insults, or condescending language.
  • Physical attacks - hitting, shoving, pushing, or kicking.

Here are a few highlights of the OSHA Guidelines

Employers should develop a written violence program to include:

  • Management commitment and employee participation
  • Worksite analysis to include a review of hazards
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Safety and health training
  • Recordkeeping and program evaluation


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