Joint Commission Resources Newsletters

Workplace Violence Prevention: Screening for the Early Detection of Risk of Harm to Self or Others

Perspectives, Volume 13, Number 10, October 2017, pp. 11

Discusses using screening procedures for the purpose of early detection of risk of harm to self or others.

Code Black and Blue: Why Patients Turn Violent and How to Recognize it Before it Happens

Environment of Care News, Volume 18, Number 1, January 2015, pp. 1,3,4(3)

Violent behavior toward nurses, physicians, and hospital staff is an occupational hazard that every healthcare organization will encounter. Staff, particularly frontline staff, need to be aware of the risk and know how to deal with it. This includes preventing incidents, knowing what to do when a patient becomes violent, and following procedures for reporting an incident. This article discusses strategies for preventing and addressing violence in healthcare organizations.

OSHA & Worker Safety: Engineering Solutions to Workplace Violence

Environment of Care News, Volume 17, Number 3, March 2014, pp. 1, 3, 4, 11(4)

With workplace violence on the rise, healthcare workers have learned tactics to help protect themselves, such as recognizing and de-escalating potential violence. But what about using the facility architecture itself and other engineering tools to shield workers, patients, and visitors from harm? This article explores some of these tools, and offers examples of how they've worked in actual situations.

OSHA & Worker Safety: OSHA Issues Directive on Workplace Violence

Environment of Care News, Volume 15, Number 1, January 2012, pp. 8-11(4)

For the first time, OSHA has issued a directive intended to establish uniform procedures for OSHA field staff conducting inspections in industries considered vulnerable to workplace violence, including healthcare. Injury and illness statistics have shown that healthcare workers are among those most susceptible to workplace violence. This article describes how the directive can help healthcare organizations identify and abate hazards that may allow violence to occur. The directive can thus assist organizations in meeting Joint Commission Standard EC.02.01.01.