According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, two of the leading causes of health care worker injuries are manual patient lifting and workplace violence. Musculoskeletal disorder injuries are generally due to overexertion related to repeated manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy manual lifting associated with transferring and repositioning patients and working in extremely awkward postures. The consequences of work-related musculoskeletal injuries among health care workers are substantial both to the workers themselves and to employers.
Meanwhile, health care and social assistance workers are nearly five times more likely to be injured and require time away from work as a result of workplace violence. Oregon’s hospitals are committed to a culture of safety and believe that no incidence of violence should be tolerated.
To help address these issues, OAHHS convened the Workplace Safety Initiative (WSI) Work Group in 2014 to find ways to collaboratively work on solutions. Work group members included representatives from SEIU Local 49, the Oregon Nurses Association, and representatives from various OAHHS member hospitals in Oregon. Lynda Enos, RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S, CPE, Ergonomics/Human Factors Consultant, HumanFit, LLC was the consultant working directly with the pilot hospitals, including writing the WPV toolkit and the SPH tools.
This comprehensive toolkit, is in use at hospitals across Oregon and has been adapted and adopted by hospitals and health care organizations across the country.
NOTE: Version 2.0 of the Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit was released in March 2020. See a comprehensive list of updates here. is in use at hospitals across Oregon and has been adapted and adopted by hospitals and health care organizations across the country.
|Workplace Violence Prevention Sections||Tools|
|Section 1: Understanding Workplace Safety|
|Section 2: Getting Started|
|Section 3: Hazard Identification and Assessment|
|Section 4: Developing the WPV Program|
|Section 5: Hazard Abatement|
|Section 6: Education and Training|
|Section 7: Implementing the WPV Program|
|Section 8: Evaluating the WPV Program|
|Section 9: Sustaining the WPV Program|
|Section 10: Additional Resources|
For more information regarding the Workplace Safety Initiative, please contact Katie Harris at email@example.com or 503-479-6027.
Internet Citation: Workplace Violence In Healthcare: A Toolkit For Prevention And Management. Content Last Reviewed March 2020. Oregon Association Of Hospitals Research & Education Foundation, Lake Oswego, OR.
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Internet Citation: Workplace Violence in Health Care: A Toolkit for Prevention and Management. Content last reviewed March 2020. Oregon Association of Hospitals Research & Education Foundation, Lake Oswego, OR.