Blog Excerpt: OSHA updates healthcare workplace violence prevention guidelines

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 28, 2015

In 2013 there were more than 23,000 significant injuries in the workplace due to assaults, according to a recent report by OSHA. More than 70% of these assaults were in healthcare and social service settings. Further, OSHA says that healthcare and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of violence as private sector employees.

The above statistics prompted OSHA to release an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Workers, also known as OSHA Rule 3148. The update recommends that all healthcare facilities develop an effective workplace violence prevention program. According to our sources, The Joint Commission is following these changes very closely.

Check out the blog post on the Accreditation & Quality Advisor blog.