As an employer or organization, there are many things you can do to mitigate healthcare violence, and there are plenty of resources available to assist you with that process.
- Institute a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence.
- Establish and institute a comprehensive violence prevention and training program.
- Ensure that all workers understand your safety program.
- Ensure that all employees know and understand that all claims of workplace violence will be investigated and remedied promptly.
- Support your employees and encourage them to support each other!
OSHA: The Need for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs
According to OSHA, a “written program for workplace violence prevention, incorporated into an organization’s overall safety and health program, offers an effective approach to reduce or eliminate the risk of violence in the workplace.” Management commitment, employee participation, ongoing training, and continuous program evaluation are paramount.
The Multidisciplinary Approach is a strong, comprehensive violence prevention program requires a interdisciplinary team approach with clear goals and objectives suitable for the size and complexity of the workplace.”