Scientific American calls is an “Epidemic of Violence against Health Care Workers”.
Based on a simple research we found the following stats:
- Nearly 2 million Americans report they’ve been victims of violence at work.
- In 2010, 1 in 9 workplace fatalities were homicides.
- Homicide is the most common cause of workplace fatalities in women.
- Workplace violence is one of the gravest occupational hazards for healthcare workers.
- Nearly one-third of nurses are subjected to physical or verbal assaults at least once a month.
- Geriatric wards and waiting rooms are two of the most frequent sites for hospital violence (along with emergency departments and psychiatric wards).
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) mandates that, in addition to compliance with hazard-specific standards, all employers have a general duty to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. OSHA will rely on Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, the “General Duty Clause,” for enforcement authority. Failure to implement these guidelines is not in itself a violation of the General Duty Clause. However, employers can be cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is a recognized hazard of workplace violence in their establishments and they do nothing to prevent or abate it.
As a result of this trend we have created the Violence in the Workplace seminars with the initial introductory course to be presented this coming month in St. Augustine, FL. Additional information about the course is included in the enclosed flyer. The initial course is estimated to last three hours and a portion of the same will include practical applications of techniques against physical attacks. Spaces are limited and reservations will be required.
For additional information you may contact visit: http://www.tainoconsultants.com/violence-if-the-workplace-seminar/