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Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare

Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare

We'll help you get compliant with these new regulations

  • Guidelines went into effect April 1, 2017
  • Aimed at keeping healthcare employees safe on the job
  • Applies to hospitals, home-health hospice and more

The state of California is often a leader when it comes to new rules and regulations, specifically in the healthcare industry. 2017 continues that trend with the adoption of new Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare safety standards by the California division of the the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA).

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These standards were proposed in recent months by professionals from California’s healthcare industry, concerned by the escalating rate of violence against healthcare workers in settings of all kinds. These professionals petitioned Cal/OSHA to adopt more strict standards for preventing workplace violence. Cal/OSHA heard their proposal and agreed; the new standards went into effect on April 1, 2017.

Why make more strict safety standards for healthcare settings?

While healthcare may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about “dangerous” professions, research has shown that healthcare workers are far more likely than standard private sector workers to be subjected to violence at the workplace.

In fact, a March 2016 report released by the Government Accountability Office concluded that “compared to workers overall, health care workers face an increased risk of being assaulted at work.” That same report further concluded that “there is an increasing need to help ensure that healthcare workers are safe as they perform their work duties.”

Previous studies conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed an even more alarming figure: when compared to all other workers, healthcare workers were found to be 20% more likely to be victims of workplace violence and had a five times higher rate of “days away from work” due to workplace violence.

Simply put, workplace violence in healthcare settings is a serious issue, and California’s healthcare professionals decided to do something about it.

What are the new Cal/OSHA workplace violence prevention standards?

California workplace violence standards

The new standards, like most laws and regulations covering healthcare, are remarkably complex. To get a full understanding, it’s a good idea to read the legislature's informative digest. However, there are a few main components that all California healthcare facilities should be aware of:

  • Violent Incident Log: Facilities are required to create and maintain a detailed log of all incidents of workplace violence that occur on-site. The log must contain a wealth of important information, including the date, time and location of the incident, a description of the incident and any consequences.
  • Workplace Violence Prevention Plan: Each facility must have a written plan on how to prevent workplace violence. The plan should have procedures to identify risk factors, specific ways the plan will be implemented and more.
  • Training: Facilities must train employees on how to properly deal with any workplace violences incidents that they may face while on the job. Initial training on any immediately identified risks is required as well.
  • Recordkeeping: Facilities must keep detailed records on violent incidents, training and evaluation. Some facilities are also required to report certain kinds of incidents to Cal/OSHA within a period of 24 or 72 hours.

How can we help your organization?

Our team of healthcare experts has decades of experience providing security and safety solutions to healthcare facilities of all kinds. We’re well-versed in these new regulations, and have already helped some California facilities find solutions.

The right solution for you will help meet both your site’s unique needs and the regulations required by Cal/OSHA. The result will be a safer facility for your staff, patients and guests.

  • Violence Prevention Assessment: Cal/OSHA recommends that facilities conduct assessments of their current procedures and policies in order to identify any holes or potential issues. Our team will work with you to get an assessment and offer suggestions for solutions that fit both your needs and your budget.
  • Visitor Management & Security Solutions: One way to decrease the likelihood of workplace violence is to better restrict and track those who access your facilities. Visitor Management solutions do just that. From lists of banned visitors to recording the time and location of sign-in/sign-out, Visitor Management provides peace of mind by giving you more data on what’s happening at your facilities.
  • Tracking & Reporting: Visitor Management software solutions offer both employee sign-in/sign-out and guest tracking, helping you know who is on-site at all times. These solutions also offer detailed reporting, allowing you to know who was present when an incident occurred, who that guest was visiting and more.