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Workplace Violence in the Health Care Setting – Is Your Organization Prepared? [Ober|Kaler]

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Workplace violence is more common than you may think – is your health care facility prepared? Recently, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated guidelines for workplace violence as it relates specifically to health care facilities. Why?

Consider these staggering statistics:

  • Between 2011 and 2013, workplace assaults ranged from 23,000 to almost 26,000 each year.
  • Approximately 70% of those assaults occurred in health care and social services settings.

“For health care workers, assaults comprised between 10 to 13 percent of workplace injuries compared to about three percent of injuries in private sector industries,” stated Jennifer L. Curry, associate with Ober|Kaler’s Employment Group.

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