OSHA: Violence in the Healthcare Workplace. In an interesting posting, the National Law Review discusses some OSHA eye opening statistics on violence in the health care workplace recently released by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It’s clear that this is a problem that deserves more attention than it has received to date.
Nurse injury from patient violence is costly
The costs can be attributed to healthcare dollars spent in any injuries sustained, missed shifts, and the psychological costs in the act of being attacked and in living with any permanent physical injury. The cost of injuries as a result of violence will have long and wide ramifications for both the victim and the healthcare facility in terms of treating the injuries, cost of long-term recuperation or disabled workers, and lost wages.
The nursing profession is experiencing a serious shortage at the present time; this coupled with violence toward nurses escalating – predictions are that the shortage will grow for the 10 years, partly due to the abuse that nurses are being exposed to each time they report for their shift. There is a direct correlation between understaffing and working short have increased incidences of violent acts perpetrated on nurses Healthcare organizations that allow nurses to work short have increased costs due to nurse injuries, treatment costs, and lost days from work (The Joint Commission, 2018).
Health care employers must heed the growing concern
OSHA: Violence in the Healthcare Workplace. Health care employers must heed the growing concern in their workforces about the risk of job-related violence. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has gathered statistics showing that health care workers are subjected to a high rate of workplace violence. See Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Services Workers (“Guidelines”) at pp. 2-3.
While extensive, the Guidelines are, as OSHA recognizes, not a standard or regulation. However, in the preamble to the Guidelines, OSHA points out that the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (“OSH Act’s”) general duty clause, Section 5(a)(1), “requires employers to provide their workers with a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
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