OSHA has updated its guidance for protecting health care and social services workers from workplace violence. The agency notes in their news release that since 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 23,000 significant injuries due to assault at work. More than 70 percent of these assaults were in healthcare and social service settings and overall, health care and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of violence than the average private sector worker. The revised guidelines update the original 1996 and 2004 versions and outline best practices and strategies to reduce workplace violence.
Access the guidelines from OSHA here.