Violence Prevention Best Practices

Implementing a Violence Prevention program requires an organized approach focusing on planning, identifying and engaging stakeholders, development and implementation of policies and procedures, prevention strategies and staff education. Provided here are best practice resources.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    OSHA Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare & Social Service Workers

    This booklet consists of general guidelines related to violence occurring in a workplace environment. It includes risk factors to identify violence, assess workplace violence programs and train and educate staff. It also provides guidelines such as a workplace violence checklist, incident reporting and record review.

    TAGS: Violence, Guidelines, Trained, Educate, booklet, Checklist

  • Assessment tools

    Assessment tools

    ASHRM Workplace Violence Toolkit

    This toolkit, created by ASHRM, takes a proactive approach in preventing workplace violence. It includes policies and procedures, articles and education for staff to identify and reduce risks within the organization. It addresses violence affecting staff to staff, physician to staff, patient to staff and visitor/family to staff and provides interventions to deal with these occurrences.

    TAGS: Preventing, Patient, Staff, Organization

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Sentinel Event Alert: Workplace Violence

    This sentinel event alert, published by The Joint Commission, was published to bring awareness of violence currently faced by healthcare facilities. It was developed to assist organizations by identifying risks, implementing interventions to reduce adverse events, training staff accordingly and evaluating processes in place.

    TAGS: Healthcare, Joint, Commission, Training, Staff, Interventions, Facilities

  • Policy Templates

    Policy Templates

    Sample Workplace Violence Prevention Plan

    This workplace violence plan sample can be used to assist in developing your own organizational plan. The sample plan is written from a leadership commitment perspective indicating that prevention of violence is a high priority. The plan outlines all aspects including responsibility, authority, assessment, training, monitoring and investigation.

    TAGS: monitoring, investigation, authority, Training, developing, organizational

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Violence: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals

    An educational document provided by NIOSH on workplace violence. The information provided is based on research and covers violence risk factors, prevention strategies and dealing with the consequences of violence. The publication is written very matter-of-factly and is an excellent educational resource to use when training staff.

    TAGS: NIOSH, Publication, Educational, Training

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Article: Joint Commission - 7 Ways Hospitals Can Prevent Workplace Violence

    This is a short article, published by Becker’s Hospital Review, that sets forth seven steps to prevent workplace violence. These seven steps were developed from information learned from the Sentinel Event Alert #59 in April 2018.

    TAGS: Becker, Hospital, reviewed, seven, Sentinel, Event, Alert, 59