Making the New Cal/OSHA Standard Work for Nurses
Workplace violence has reached epidemic proportions in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Healthcare workers in inpatient facilities are five to twelve times more likely to experience non-fatal workplace violence than workers in the United States overall. Studies have shown that nurses who experience workplace violence report high levels of stress and symptoms of trauma, decreased job performance and efficiency — all of which can reduce the quality of patient care in addition to impacting nurses’ lives and health. One study found that 61 percent of nurses who experience violence on the job consider leaving their jobs.
Employers can — and should — prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. California’s state OSHA program, Cal/OSHA, recently passed the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Standard (Calif. Code of Regulations Title 8 Sect. 3342). With a final effective date of April 1, 2018, this standard requires that employers create comprehensive, unit-specific workplace violence prevention plans with the active involvement of direct-care employees. This class will review the expansive requirements of the Cal/OSHA standard. We will then discuss roles for nurses in ensuring that employers provide a safe environment with appropriate and effective workplace violence prevention.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the elements of the Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Standard.
- Discuss nurses’ role in ensuring a safe environment for patient care.