Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA updates guidance for protecting healthcare and social service workers from workplace violence

These revised guidelines (OSHA 3148-06R 2016) incorporate research in the last decade into the causes of workplace violence on healthcare and social service settings, risk factors that accompany working with patients or clients who display violent behavior, and the appropriate preventive measures that can be taken, amid the variety of settings in which health care and social service employees work. The guidelines also stress the importance of developing a written workplace violence prevention program.

Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers

This page has a suite of resources to help healthcare facilities build and implement a comprehensive workplace violence program (December 2015).  

  • Product 1: Workplace Violence in Healthcare: Understanding the Challenge  
  • Product 2: Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities  
  • Product 3: The Big Picture: Workplace Violence Prevention and Related Goals.