Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Settings

Health care workers are exposed to many safety and health hazards. Data indicate that health care workers are at high risk for experiencing violence in the workplace.

In 1999, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified a rate of 8.3 assaults per 10,000 workers in the health care industry. This rate is much higher than the rate of non-fatal assaults for all private sector industries, which is 2 per 10,000 workers.

The prevention of workplace violence has emerged as an important safety issue in and around hospitals and other health care facilties.

Regulation and policy


These links will help you develop a program to prevent workplace violence:

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