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Workplace Violence Prevention Resources

This page provides links to materials developed by The Joint Commission as well as government resources and those from professional associations (such as the American Nurses Association and the American Hospital Association) and related organizations. The tabs below organize the resources according to source: From The Joint Commission, Federal Resources, State Resources, Professional Associations, and Other Resources. We encourage healthcare organizations to share their experience under the heading of “From the Field” and welcome suggestions for improvement.


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Workplace Violence Prevention Compendium of Resources

This document was created as a resource to assist Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals in preparation for the new requirements that became effective on 1/1/2022.

Information on Joint Commission Standards

The Joint Commission defines workplace violence as:
An act or threat occurring at the workplace that can include any of the following: verbal, nonverbal, written, or physical aggression; threatening, intimidating, harassing, or humiliating words or actions; bullying; sabotage; sexual harassment; physical assaults; or other behaviors of concern involving staff, licensed practitioners, patients, or visitors.

The workplace violence prevention standards are effective as of January 1, 2022. The new standards can be reviewed via the R3 document by clicking on the button below.

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To submit a question related to the standards

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From the Field

Resources from health care organizations related to workplace violence prevention. New examples added from webinar on March 31, 2022.

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