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Violence in the workplace

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Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.

You may never encounter aggressive or violent people where you work, but you should think seriously about the risk that something could happen. If you find yourself thinking, “It can’t happen here,” you should reconsider.

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  • Program Directives
    • Local Emphasis Program (LEP): Hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities
      Purpose: This instruction describes policies and procedures for enforcement efforts to reduce occupational illness and injury in hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities.
      A-284  11/27/2017
    • Safety of Health Care Employees
      Purpose: This directive provides guidance to Oregon OSHA staff on the implementation of the laws and rules addressing the safety of healthcare employees and the requirement for recording of health care assaults.
      A-267  05/19/2008
    • Workplace Violence Incidents-Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting
      Purpose: The purpose of this instruction is to provide general policies and procedures that apply when workplace violence is identified as a hazard while conducting an inspection at worksites in industries with a high incidence of workplace violence and when responding to complaints, referrals and accidents where workplace violence is an issue.
      A-283  05/31/2017

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