In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 23,000 significant injuries due to assaults in the workplace. Over 70 percent were in the healthcare and social service settings. Healthcare and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of violence than the average private sector worker.
On April 2, 2015, OSHA kicked off National Workplace Violence Prevention month by releasing an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers (PDF*).
OSHA's updated violence prevention guidelines include industry best practices and incorporate the most effective way to reduce the risk of violence in a range of healthcare and social service settings.
"It is unacceptable that the people who dedicate their lives to caring for our loved ones often work in fear of being hurt or killed," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Workplace violence is one of the most serious hazards facing healthcare workers in this country and this updated booklet will help employers and employees implement effective measures to reduce or eliminate workplace violence hazards."
For more on the revised guidelines for healthcare and social services industries, see the news release . For more on how to prevent workplace violence in all settings, see OSHA's workplace violence Web page and blog .