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G.O.T. Preparedness Workplace Violence Prevention in Health care

Nearly 75 percent of all reported workplace assaults occurred in an health care or social service setting. Workers in health care settings are four times more likely to be victimized than workers in the private sector.

The Occupational Safety and Health Safety Administration (OSHA) defines Workplace Violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers, and visitors.

Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2002

The FBI categorizes four types of Workplace Violence:

TYPE 1: Violent acts by criminals who have no other connection with the workplace, but enter to commit robbery or another crime.

TYPE 2: Violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates, or any others for whom an organization provides services.

TYPE 3: Violence against coworkers, supervisors, or managers by a present or former employee.

TYPE 4: Violence committed in the workplace by someone who doesn’t work there, but has a personal relationship with an employee—an abusive spouse or domestic partner.

The OSHA General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) states: Employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm”. After the active shooter incident at Accent Signage Systems, case law from Hennepin County, Minnesota in 2013 broadened the term “recognizable hazards” to include the active shooter threat.

Pending OSHA Workplace Violence Compliance Legislation

In November 2018, The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, H.R. 7141 was introduced in Congress. The Act directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a standard requiring health care and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan to prevent and protect employees from violent incidents.

An Ordinary Day Can Turn Extraordinary In An Instant

Only 30 percent of nurses and 26 percent of emergency department physicians report incidents of workplace violence.

Workplace Violence Incident #1: On January 20, 2015, at about 11:00 a.m., Stephen Pasceri, opened fire at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Pasceri targeted Dr. Michael Davidson, a cardiovascular surgeon who he believed responsible for the death of his mother. After killing Dr. Davidson, Pasceri committed suicide.

Workplace Violence Risk Factors

Workplace Violence Incident #2: On June 30, 2017, at 2:50 p.m., Dr. Henry Michael Bello, armed with a rifle, began shooting inside the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx, New York. He was a former employee who resigned in 2015 in anticipation of being fired. In order to access the hospital, Dr. Bello was dressed in a white lab coat and used his old identification badge to bypass security. One person was killed and six were wounded in the shooting. Dr. Bello committed suicide before law enforcement arrived.

OSHA recommends, and in some cases requires, a written and implemented Workplace Violence Prevention and Training Program.

Nine of the 50 U.S. states have existing Workplace Violence legislation to protect those in the Health Care sector.

Existing State Requirements for Workplace Violence Prevention in the Health Care Sector
Preparedness Without Paranoia®

Preparedness Without Paranoia® provides education and training for individuals to gain a heightened situational awareness and understanding of today's multidimensional threat environment, recognize telltale signs of an evolving threat, and become empowered to take effective action without hesitation. By replacing confusion with clarity, we mitigate the unseen costs of what has become a national crisis-immeasurable health, social, and economic consequences. The approach is non-tactical by design.

G.O.T. Preparedness™ is designed to provide educational and training resources for individuals and organizations to prepare for, respond to, and recover from active threat situations which introduce fear and uncertainly in areas where we work, where we learn, where we worship, where we travel, where we serve, and where we play.

KGH's preparedness approach is designed to guide employers in the health care sector to be compliant with existing Workplace Violence Prevention legislation and regulations.
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