The following recommendations are available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hospital eTool but may be applicable to other workplaces as well.
In order to deal with the aftermath of violent incidents in the workplace, employers should set up trained response teams and provide post-incident response assistance that includes prompt medical treatment and psychological evaluation. Employers should have a follow-up program in place to offer counseling, support groups, stress debriefing, trauma-crisis counseling, and employee assistance programs.
Separate from the issue of employee response is the issue of appropriate recordkeeping. Employers that do not evaluate their violence prevention programs risk having less effective programs due to their inability to identify and correct problems. These employers also lose the opportunity to see and evaluate potential trends in violent behavior.
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Recordkeeping is important to the success of your workplace violence prevention program and can help to identify the severity of the problem, evaluate methods of hazard control, and identify training needs. Recordkeeping is also useful for gathering or “pooling” data for other applications. OSHA recommends that other records be considered such as:
OSHA also recommends that you evaluate the effectiveness of your facility's violence prevention program. The evaluation:
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For more information on healthcare or hospital safety, see this OSHA Hospital eTool for reference.
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