How to Prevent Workplace Violence—A Guide for Healthcare Workers

Course Description:

By the time this session is over, you should be able to realize the risks; identify risk factors; understand the effects of workplace violence; take effective measures to prevent violence; recognize signs of impending violence; and protect yourself in violent situations.

Course Duration: 19 minutes

Why “How to Prevent Workplace Violence—A Guide for Healthcare Workers” Matters:

  • One-sixth of violent crimes occur in the workplace, and there are over 1.5 million incidents a year,
  • Violence is a leading cause of workplace deaths- three workers die every day on the job in the United States,
  • As many as 18,000 other workers are assaulted at work each week, and
  • Violent incidents in the workplace often involve guns, which means the potential for serious injury or death is high.

Key Points:

  • Be prepared to deal effectively with threats and incidents of violence on the job;
  • Keep alert to signs of potential violence, and take immediate action when you recognize them;
  • Be sure to follow security procedures and prevent situations that invite violence; and
  • Report any threats, disturbing behavior, or violent incidents right away.

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