Nearly two million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year, according to OSHA’s most recent statistics released in 2016. And healthcare is the most dangerous of them all. In a report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 75 percent of all workplace assaults happen in healthcare facilities.
Here is a list of why healthcare professionals may be at a higher risk than others:
Lack of or poor training for recognizing and managing violent and aggressive incidents from visitors, staff, patients, or clients
Long waits for services and overcrowded waiting rooms
Free movement of the public in healthcare settings
Low staffing and in many situations working alone
The notion that facilities tolerate violence and discourage or prevent victims from reporting incidents or pressing charges
High employee turnover
Poor facility design or inadequately lit rooms
Working in neighborhoods with a high crime rate
Convergint, partnered with Axis Communications, provides solutions to help manage and minimize workplace violence.
All employees have a right to a violence-free workplace. Convergint, partnered with Axis Communications, can help to minimize workplace violence at healthcare facilities.