Healthcare and social service professionals play an essential role in providing critical care and support to our communities. Unfortunately, they are also exposed to significant workplace violence risks, which can negatively impact their well-being and affect the quality of care they provide. In 2013, over one-quarter of fatalities in healthcare and social service settings resulted from assaults and violent acts, highlighting the pressing need for effective guidelines to address this issue. A recent report from WorkplaceBC revealed workplace claims related to violence increased 25 percent in the past five years with the vast majority of claims related to the health care and social services.
Ideas and Insights
for Safety Champions
Violence is a risk in any workplace. Acts of violence can cause harm to workers, affect a company’s reputation, and impact expenses and profits. Implementing a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program is essential to mitigate the risks unexpected violence can create.
Workplace violence is an issue that businesses cannot ignore. It’s a growing problem in our society and not taking a proactive approach can expose an organization to liability and reputation issues. According to the National Safety Council, assault is now the 5th leading cause of death in the workplace.