Worker Safety – Workplace Violence
Health care providers — especially front-line staff within
hospital emergency departments — increasingly are faced with violent encounters
by patients and visitors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 52
percent of all workplace violence incidents recorded are in health care. MHA
has developed resources to assist member hospitals with mitigating workplace
violence through advocacy, reducing regulatory burden, strengthening
partnerships and implementing evidence-based strategies through policy
development and staff skill building.
Workplace Violence Definition
MHA facilitated the review and
adoption of a definition
of workplace violence with the intent of providing clarity and
scope, and establishing parameters for future data collection.
An act or threat of violence
involving an explicit or implicit challenge to personal safety, well-being or
health, and/or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs within
health care facilities. Workplace violence includes the following.
- The threat or use of physical force, sexual assault, harassment or intimidation against a caregiver or employee that results in, or has a high likelihood of resulting in, injury, psychological trauma or stress, regardless of whether the employee sustains an injury.
- An incident involving the threat or use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, including the use of common objects as weapons, regardless of whether the employee sustains an injury.
View the full definition, including assumptions and types of workplace violence.