Workplace Violence Prevention in Non-Hospital Healthcare Settings

As we reported earlier, the first Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence in Healthcare Advisory Meeting focused on how to define workplace violence, the scope of the proposed standard, and the components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.

The next Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence in Healthcare Advisory Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) in Oakland, California. This meeting will focus entirely on non-hospital healthcare settings, some of which include:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Ambulatory care
  • Same-day surgery facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Home healthcare
  • Correctional facilities and prisons
  • Psychiatric and mental health facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities

Non-hospital healthcare settings have their own unique set of issues when it comes to workplace violence and workplace violence prevention. For example, the size or location of the facility, who owns and operates the facility (state-run vs. private), the patient population, and working in isolation or near isolation, among other things.

The meeting on November 13 is to discuss these issues – and more. If you work in a non-hospital setting, it’s critical that your voice is heard at this meeting about what YOU need to be safe at work. Contact Richard Negri ( or Kathy Hughes ( for more information or to let us know that you’ll be with us on the 13th.

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