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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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Oregon Revised Statutes

  • 654.414 Duties of health care employer; security and safety assessment; assault prevention program; requirements
  • 654.416 Required records of assaults against employees; contents; summary report; rules
  • 654.418 Protection of employee of health care employer after assault by patient
  • 654.421 Refusal to treat certain patients by home health care employee
  • 654.423 Use of physical force by health care employee in self-defense against assault

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Additional Resources

Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare - Federal OSHA

Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit - Oregon DAS Risk Consulting Unit and State Agency Interest Group

Workplace Safety Violence Prevention Toolkit
A comprehesive toolkit from Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems to assist health care leadership and violence prevention committees