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New OSHA Updates Help Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers

As a leading provider of private Bay Area security guards, we are no stranger to the hazards of working in a healthcare setting. Although we work diligently day in and day out to provide the best protection possible, recent changes made to OSHA guidelines will go a long way to improving safety in health care and social service settings.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic, more than 23,000 work injuries resulting from assault happened in 2013. Of those 23,000, more than 70 percent happened in a social service or healthcare setting, and workers in those settings are nearly four times more likely than a private sector employee to experience a significant injury at work due to violence.

To help protect social service and healthcare employees, OSHA has just updated the Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, including effectual ways to reduce hazards and best practices.

“It is unacceptable that the people who dedicate their lives to caring for our loved ones often work in fear of injury or death,” said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “This updated booklet will help employers implement effective measures to reduce or eliminate workplace violence hazards.”

The updated guidelines are based on a decade of research examining the cause of workplace violence in these specific settings, risk factors when working with clients or patients who exhibit violent tendencies, and viable preventative measures. Although written violence prevention programs aren’t mandated, the guidelines strongly encourage workplaces to implement one, including health and safety training, hazard control and prevention, workplace analysis, and program evaluation.  For more information on workplace violence prevention, visit OSHA’s Workplace Violence page.

To learn more about security guard services for hospitals, small or large office buildings, or parking structures, reach out to ADS Guards in the Bay Area at 1-800-794-1550. A representative can answer your questions and provide a free quote.